'20th Amendment weakens the power of the judiciary and the legislature in Sri Lanka'

The 20th Amendment to the Constitution violates the sovereignty of the people and concentrates all powers on the President, weakening the powers of the judiciary and the legislature, Sri Lanka’s Supreme Court was told when petitions filed against and in support of the proposed bill were taken up for consideration for a second day today (30)

Oct 01, 2020
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The 20th Amendment to the Constitution violates the sovereignty of the people and concentrates all powers on the President, weakening the powers of the judiciary and the legislature, Sri Lanka’s Supreme Court was told when petitions filed against and in support of the proposed bill were taken up for consideration for a second day today (30).

The petitions were heard by a five-judge bench comprising Chief Justice Jayantha Jayasuriya, justices Buwaneka Aluvihare, Sisira de Abrew, Priyantha Jayawardena and Vijith Malalgoda.

Addressing a five-judge bench of the Supreme Court, Attorney-at-Law Iraj de Silva, appearing for the United National party (UNP) Deputy Leader Ruwan Wijewardene, said that the concept of sovereignty of the people and the primacy of Buddhism in the country could not be harmed by anyone and that it could not be changed by any amendment to the Constitution.

http://www.colombopage.com/archive_20B/Sep30_1601489917CH.php

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