Passage of amendment, internal matter - External Affairs Ministry
Sep 14, 2010 8:00:00 PM - aussieindolanka.com
The External Affairs Ministry in a press release states: The attention of the Ministry of External Affairs has been drawn to the Press Release issued by the US Department of State under the caption "The September Passage of Sri Lanka’s 18th Amendment".
The Ministry wishes to observe in this regard, that the passage of the Amendment is an entirely internal matter that moreover took place in full accord with the provisions of the Constitution and in total compliance with a unanimous decision of the Supreme Court, with an overwhelming majority of 161 Members of Parliament of a total of 225, voting in favour.
It would be pertinent also to note in this regard that the Amendment was presented after careful consideration. A situation had arisen of attempts covering successive administrations and spanning a period of several years, to operationalize under the provisions of the 17th Amendment several key institutions of governance, having palpably failed.