Proposal to repeal President”s right to merge Provinces

constitution     The Cabinet of Ministers has approved a proposal to repeal the President”s right to merge Provinces, which has been provided for under the 13th Amendment to the Constitution.Media Minister Keheliya Rambukwella addressing a news conference in Colombo yesterday, said that constituent members of the ruling UPFA had been given time to study the Bill to amend the Provincial Councils Act.

The proposed two amendments pertained to the President”s right to merge provinces and the requirement that the approval of all provincial councils were required to amend the Constitution, he noted.Asked if the government was also trying to strip the provinces of land and police powers, the Minister said that it had not been discussed.

Minister Rambukwella said that the UPFA had only taken up the proposals to repeal the President”s right to merge Provinces and the consent of all provincial councils to enact legislation.

At yesterday”s Cabinet meeting the SLMC leader and Justice Minister Rauff Hakeem had asked for more time to study the proposed amendments and it had been granted.

President Mahinda Rajapaksa has proposed that the Parliamentary Select Committee (PSC) on the National Question be reconvened with or without the participation of the Tamil National Alliance.

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