Leader, Minister Douglas Devananda, yesterday denied reports
that he had blocked the Government’s move to implement the 13th
Amendment to the Constitution by protesting against President
Mahinda Rajapaksa’s decision to appoint former parliamentarian
and Leader of the TULF V. Anandasangari as the chief
Administrator of the Northern Province.
"On the contrary it was I who proposed to the President that
due to the APRC’s arriving at a final solution being delayed,
the Government could as an Interim Solution implement the 13th
Amendment by gazetting the setting up of councils for the North
and the East."
He said he made the proposal to fill the political vacuum
created by the lack of political leadership in the
administration of the North and the East over the past several
A Chief Minister of a province, he said is elected by the
people at an election and a Chief Administrator is nominated by
the President who is empowered to do so under section 154 of the
Even if the APRC is able to arrive at a final solution
without delay it would need a 2/3rd majority in the Parliament
and this could take some time to implement, that was why he
proposed an Interim Solution, he said.