GL: A majority govt. will pass 20A


Sri Lanka’s currency notes are today signed by a person who has taken an oath under the Constitution of Singapore, renouncing all his loyalty to any other country, former External Affair Minister Prof. G. L. Peiris has said.

Addressing a gathering of professionals and members of the business community at the Tangalle Town Hall yesterday, Prof. Peiris said that the signing by Governor of the Central Bank Arjuna Mahendran of currency notes was a supreme indignity inflicted on Sri Lanka. That was why, he said, the Opposition had decided to bring a motion of no confidence against the person who had appointed the Central Bank Governor. "If we did not bring it under these circumstances then in what conceivable situation would a no confidence motion be justified?"

The no confidence motion signed by 85 MPs so far would be backed many more when Parliament met next, Prof. Peiris said, stressing that its passage would in no way be an impediment to the passage of the proposed 20th Amendment to the Constitution. He said the Opposition was keen to amend the electoral system and abolish the preferential vote.

Explaining why he said the passage of the no confidence motion against Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe would not impede the ratification of the electoral reforms, Prof. Peiris said: "When the no confidence motion against the PM is carried the Cabinet will be dissolved according to the Constitution which requires the President to appoint as Prime Minister an MP who commands the confidence of the majority of Parliament. It is much easier for the 20A to be passed by a majority government than by a minority government."

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