ECONOMYNEXT – At its first Cabinet meeting the new government has approved making changes to the Constitution, the Cabinet Spokesman Media Minister Keheliya Rambukwella has said.
He was quoted in media as saying that Cabinet gave the nod to “abolish the 19th Amendment and to draft the 20th Amendment to the Constitution.”
Ministers have variously said that the amendments, which will change the country’s basic law, will be a high priority for the government.
President Gotabaya Rajapaksa, who chaired today’s Cabinet meeting, has not made it a secret that the Independent Commissions that were introduced by the last Parliament under the 19A has shackled him.
He wants changes to be made so that more executive power is granted to the presidency.
However, government leaders have said that some of the Commissions would stay. Rambukwella has said that the Right to Information Act will also not be changed.
While in Opposition between 2015 and 2019, the Parliamentary Group led by Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa supported the amendments introduced in 19A.