20A: JO vows to defeat 2/3 majority in Parliament

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By Kalathma Jayawardhane   

While urging the government to hold a referendum on the 20th Amendment to the Constitution, the Joint Opposition (JO) yesterday said they would defeat the two-thirds majority in Parliament when it would be taken up for vote in Parliament.   


JO MP Ranjith Soysa told a news conference that the 20th Amendment to the Constitution had been entered in to the Order Paper in Parliament and added some provisions of it would be detrimental to the country.   


“Some pro-government parties claimed that the 20th Amendment to the Constitution will have a positive effect while dissolving the executive powers. However, the reality is completely contradicting,” he said.   “The JO has made certain revelations on the negative effect of the 20A to the Constitution and our predictions have become true with the recent determination of the Supreme Court on it, that some clauses need a two-thirds majority in Parliament as well as a referendum,” he added.   He also said the JO would defeat the two-thirds majority in Parliament when it would be taken up for vote in Parliament.   

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