The Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) today decided that the 13th Amendment to the Constitution should remain but certain clauses must be changed if they have a negative impact on the country.
SLFP member and Media Minister Keheliya Rambukwella said that at the SLFP Parliamentary group meeting with President Mahinda Rajapaksa today several views were expressed on the 13th Amendment.
However he said it was the collective view of the SLFP that the 13th Amendment should remain and be taken forward as mentioned in the ‘Mahinda Chinthanaya’ Presidential mandate.
The Minister said that the party was also of the view that when taking forward the 13th Amendment, changes should be made to clauses which are harmful to the people.
SLFP MP Shantha Bandara, who was also at that meeting, said that the SLFP had decided that the Parliament Select Committee (PSC) will decide the final changes that need to be made to the 13th Amendment based on the views expressed by other political parties.
He said that among the changes that the SLFP would like to see in the 13th Amendment is the removal of the authority to merge provinces. (Colombo Gazette)