I’ll dissolve parliament soon after 20A is tabled: MS

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By Yohan Perera
President Maithripala Sirisena has informed several political party leaders and civil society organisation heads, who supported him at the presidential election, that he would dissolve parliament irrespective of whether the 20th Amendment was passed or not after tabling it in parliament next week LATE-CITY-DM-1-11.

A political party leader who attended Thursday’s meeting told Daily Mirror that every party leader and civil society organisation head except for Ven. Athureliye Ratana Thera had urged the president to hold general elections  immediately.

Sources said even Ven. Maduluwawe Sobitha Thera had urged the president to do so.

However, it was reported that President Sirisena was keen to get the 20th Amendment enacted and a new electoral system in place. He told them that he would present the 20th Amendment in Parliament and the country would  know who blocked the legislation being approved in the event it was defeated.

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremeisnghe said the desired results had not been achieved even with regard to the 19th Amendment and that it could be the same with the 20th Amendment as well.

“What has happened to the 20th Amendment is like getting down at Kadugannawa after buying a ticket to Kandy,” he said.
The party leaders and the civil society groups will meet President Sirisena soon to discuss the current situation in the country.