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Supreme Court approves Constitutional Changes

Sep 7, 2010 4:37:47 AM - itnnews.lk

The Supreme Court approved the Government’s proposed Constitutional Amendments. Speaker Chamal Rajapaksa announced the Supreme Court’s decision on the 18th Amendment to the Constitution in Parliament today.

Following Article 122 of the Constitution, Supreme Court delivered its decision on the amendments to the President and the Speaker recently after they were presented to the Court. A five-judge bench of Supreme Court took up the Draft Bill approved by the Cabinet to decide whether the proposed amendments are consistent with the Constitution. The Supreme Court in its determination further mentioned that a two thirds majority was necessary for adoption. The Supreme Court further rules that a referendum was not necessary.

Following the Speaker’s announcement today on the Order Paper of the parliament, the Draft Bill will be presented tomorrow to the legislature by Prime Minister D.M. Jayaratne for debate. The legislature will vote on the bill after the debate at the end of day’s proceedings.

The ruling alliance is confident of passing the Bill with a two-third majority in the 225-member parliament with at least 160 votes in favor.