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Supreme Court says 18th Amendment consistent with Constitution

Sep 7, 2010 11:22:22 AM - itnnews.lk

The Supreme Court has approved the 18th Constitutional Amendment. This was announced by the Speaker Chamal Rajapaksa in Parliament today. The Supreme Court’s determination about the 18th Amendment was directed to the Speaker recently.

The Speaker said the Constitutional Amendment Bill which received the nod of the Cabinet, was directed by the President to the Cabinet according to Article 122 of the Constitution. The Court has determined that the Bill under the title “18th Amendment to the Constitution” is consistent with 82-1 of the Constitution. As mentioned in 82-5 of the Constitution, it is necessary that the Bill be adopted with a special majority. The Speaker also said that as stated in Clause 83 of the Constitution, there are no provisions in the Bill which requires to hold a referendum to seek public approval.

Meanwhile, the 18th Constitutional Amendment Bill which was moved in Parliament today will be debated tomorrow. The vote on the Bill will be taken up at 7.00 pm after the commencement of the debate at 9.30 am. The Government now enjoys more than a two-thirds majority for the passage of the 18th Constitutional Amendment.