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Sri Lanka’s 19th amendment debate in progress; protest backing 19A
27 Apr, 2015 10:53:25
Apr 27, 2015 (LBO) - Sri Lanka’s President Maithripala Sirisena making a special statement in parliament on Monday opened the debate of the much awaited 19th amendment to the constitution.

“I don’t think there were any state heads that acted with such flexibility to remove these powers and I expect all of you to vote for this.” President Sirisena said.

The President also asked the opposition parliamentarians to clear any doubts regarding the amendment during the debate before making the historical decision.

Opposition leader Nimal Siripala De Silva earlier stated that the Sri Lanka Freedom Party will support the 19th Amendment on the assurance that 20th amendment (Election Reforms) will also be presented to the Parliament soon.

The vote will take place Tuesday evening.

Meanwhile a protest backing the 19th amendment is heading towards the Parliament.

Ven. Sobitha Thero, Ven. Athuraliye Rathana Thero and former President Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga has been seen marching towards the Parliament.

Heavy traffic is reported from the Rajagiriya area and several roads have also been closed.

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