Sri Lanka’s Parliament on Tuesday approved the second reading of the much awaited 19th amendment with a two third majority.
215 parliamentarians voted in favor of the 19th amendment while Dr. Sarath Weerasekara voted against it.
The President also thanked all stakeholders who contributed to this effort, including the Maha Sanga, political parties and civil society groups, active citizens, who struggled, sustained and enriched the dialogue in this amendment.
“This is a major step taken to strengthen the democracy of the country as it was achieved constitutionally following the recommendations of the Supreme Court and with the consent of all political parties,” the President’s office statement said.
Since adopting the constitution in 1978, every amendment apart from the 13th and the 17th were further bolstered the power of the Executive Presidency.
The 18th amendment was a reversal of the democratic achievements of the 17th amendment and embellished the powers of the Executive President unprecedentedly.
President Sirisena further states that he believes this victory is relevant not only for today, but also for the future generations of Sri Lanka.