Sri Lanka’s government threatens to dissolve parliament if 19th amendment defeats

Rishad-Bathiudeen

Apr 08, 2015 (LBO) – Sri Lanka’s United National Party led government on Tuesday threatened to dissolve the parliament immediately if the opposition defeats the 19th amendment to the constitution.

“We’ll anyway have a parliamentary election soon. So we are trying to pass the 19th amendment during this week it self,”

“But if it gets defeated we are dissolving the parliament immediately.” UNP media spokesman Akila Viraj Kariyawasam told reporters Tuesday.

However as per the Sri Lanka’s constitution, dissolving the parliament is a power vested with the President.

The 19th amendment presented to the parliament on 24 March 2015 is to be debated on Thursday and Friday.

The debate will be a policy debate relating to the principles of the bill.

However President Sirisena led Sri Lanka Freedom Party is keep pushing for time consuming electoral reforms which may lead to a battle against the bill.

Government ally Jathika Hela Urumaya has also threatened to defeat what they called a bill of ‘constitutional conspiracy’ by the Prime Minister.