President assures dual citizenship clause will be addressed in new Constitution

President Gotabaya Rajapaksa has assured that concerns over the dual citizenship clause in the 20th Amendment will be addressed when drafting a new Constitution.

The President gave the assurance when a group of ruling party Parliamentarians met the President and raised concerns over the dual citizenship clause, leader of the Lanka Sama Samaja Party (LSSP) Tissa Vitharana said.

Vitharana said that he and several others MPs in the Government are against the ual citizenship clause.

However, he said that they have accepted the President’s assurance.

Minister and Pivithuru Hela Urumaya leader Udaya Gammanpila said that his party also opposes the dual citizenship clause.

However he said that the President was concerned that the right for a dual citizen to contest an election in Sri Lanka was removed through the 19th Amendment and was later used to attack him.

Gammanpila said that the President assured that while that right will be reintroduced through the 20th Amendment it will be reconsidered when drafting a new Constitution.

Minister Wimal Weerawansa told Parliament that not just in Parliament, but dual citizens should not be allowed to hold even diplomatic posts.

He said that his party, the National Freedom Front, is confident the President will address the dual citizenship issue in the new Constitution. (Colombo Gazette)

1 COMMENT

  1. The imcompetent politicians who can’t compete with the dual citizenship holders creating rumours. No matter who contest elections, ultimately people decide who should represent them in the Parliament. Literally, imcompetent leaders do not want to deal with the brain drain and do not want the talented leaders, but only interested to secure their own positions. Otherwise they would not dismiss talented dual citizenship holders, but allowing candidates to become members of the Parliament who didn’t even pass the GCE O/L.

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