Sri Lanka: Opposition leader Sajith Premadasa has said that the High Court's ruling on the 20th Amendment to the Constitution has caused great consternation among the government.
He further said, "The government felt that the 20th Amendment could not be amended and could only be passed with the approval of Parliament. That idea was shattered today."
The High Court has ruled that all the provisions of the bill cannot be passed by a two-thirds majority in Parliament.
The High Court has issued a sensational ruling that the four clauses of 'President's powers relating to elections, granting exemption to President, power of President to dissolve Parliament, power of Electoral Commission' cannot be fulfilled only with the consent of Parliament.
The High Court has directed that the people's consent be obtained through a referendum to fulfill the four clauses. This is the whip that the judiciary has given to the state.
However, even if the government makes changes to the High Court's ruling on the 20th Amendment, we will still oppose it.
Because the 20th Amendment is currently unnecessary. Many more clauses in it are dangerous to the country's democracy. Therefore, we will never back down from our stand against the 20th Amendment.