Committee hands over report on 20th Amendment to PM

The committee appointed to review the draft of the 20th Amendment to the Constitution handed over its report to Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapakasa today.

The committee studied the positives and negatives of the draft and made recommendations in the report.

The report is expected to be submitted to the cabinet of Ministers tomorrow (Wednesday).

The committee was appointed by the Prime Minister on Sunday (13) to study the draft bill and submit recommendations.

The nine member committee is chaired by Minister of Education Prof. G.L. Peiris.

Cabinet Ministers Udaya Gammanpila, Ali Sabry, Nimal Siripala de Silva, Wimal Weerawansa, and State Ministers Susil Premajayantha, S. Viyalendran as well as MPs Dilan Perera, and Premanath C. Dolawatte are the remaining members. (Colombo Gazette)


  1. Some countries are against the 20th amendment, those are the countries created and sustained the ruthless terrorism in Sri Lanka for decades.

    There is a value in living in the West. The Rajapaksas have lived in the West and developed their knowledge which was good enough to keep their unity to eliminate the LTTE. The 19th amendment gave power widely and decision could not be made quickly. This is one of the reasons Easter Sunday bombings couldn’t be stopped. No other leader can do better than Gotabaya Rajapaksa, if he can’t make it happen nobody can. Therefore, I have no problem to give all the power to the President. I have been living in Australia since the early 1990s. I have an Australian business degree and postgraduate education in Human Resources Management, but my total assets worth less than 5000 Australian dollars. I am poorer than Sri Lankan politicians. Not every diaspora dances according to the West to become rich and popular. Many Sri Lankan have valid reasons to hold onto their Western citizenship and we should not stop them serving their motherland. Sri Lankan intelligence network has enough information to decide who should get dual citizenship. Plus the election commission will do its due diligence to determine who should contest a parliamentary election. The West didn’t accept suicide bombers as immigrants. It took the wise as skill immigrants. Sri Lanka should do the same, instead of rejecting everyone, because of their attachment to the West.

    • So you are proposing that we enact legislation in Sri Lanka that will create a ‘Super President’ empowered legally to castrate and screw everyone else. Great thinking.
      Ever heard of ‘Checks and Balances’ to Power?
      What good is a piece of paper saying Post Graduate degree in HRM, when you don’t even appear to understand the very basics of Maslow’s needs hierarchy?
      Apply your knowledge for the good of humanity friend…
      Take care of all the down and under citizens…
      Good uplifting day to you!

      • Tell me what have you achieved by sharing the power between 2015 and 2019? Have you made good decisions to develop the country? You have sold Hambantota port while having Checks and Balances. Have you stopped a terrorist attack? What’s a point of Checks and Balances, if that process won’t let you to take decisions promptly? Checks and Balances for the developed countries, it does not work with less evolved people who fought the Asia’s longest brutal civil war for decades. I don’t recognise a decent leader other than GR in the Sri Lankan government, in fact the others are spoiling GR and converting him to their ideology. If you share the power with few monkeys you know the outcome. Sometimes you should turn around and look at China, it may give you a different perspective of governance. Don’t always follow the Westerners, they have developed themselves for the last 700 years. Your number one university ranked 1896th in the world, it gives you an idea about your thinking capacity vs the West.

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