JHU opposed to 20A

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Will support a new constitution with a new electoral system


  • It is not an amendment but a transfer of powers 


Untitled-1By Ajith Siriwardana   

The Jathika Hela Urumaya (JHU) said yesterday it was opposed to the 20th Amendment to the Constitution presented by the Janatha Vimuthi Peramuna (JVP) and pointed out that such a move would destabilise the country and threaten democracy.

 JHU General Secretary and Minister Patali Champika Ranawaka told a news conference that they were opposed to Constitutional Amendments in a piecemeal manner.   

 “The Prime Minister is to be the Head of State under the 20th Amendment. A similar provision was included in the 19th Amendment originally. But, the Supreme Court struck it off. The Supreme Court said it needed the people’s approval at a referendum,” he said.   

The minister said the 20A proposes to abolish the executive presidency without reforming the current electoral system and other related matters and as such it would lead to political instability and pose a threat to democracy.   
He said they were ready to study and support a new constitution with a fresh electoral system enabling a stable Parliament to be formed.   

“Under the current electoral system, we got stable Parliaments only in 1989 and 2010. In case, the presidential system is abolished, we can assume the kind of political stability that awaits us. In terms of the 19th Amendment, we democratized the parliamentary system. Yet, what is presented now is not a constitutional amendment. It seeks to transfer the presidential powers to Parliament. Therefore, it amounts to a total constitutional change in the virtual sense,” the minister said.   


The PM is to be the Head of State under the 20A. A similar provision was originally included in the 19A Amendment