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Proposed Constitutional Amendments:

Tuesday, 31 August 2010 - 10:01 AM SL Time


Unlimited presidential terms police comm. scrapped
Con. Council replaced with Advisory Committee

The Cabinet yesterday unanimously approved constitutional amendments proposed by President Mahinda Rajapaksa. Among them is an amendment aimed at doing away with the 10-member Constitutional Council and replacing it with a five-member Constitutional Advisory Committee (CAC). The government intends to retain all independent commissions established under the 17th Amendment except the Independent Police Commission.


The government seeks to scrap Article 31 (2), which restricts the number of terms an elected executive president could serve to two. According to the proposed amendment, an elected president can contest and get elected any number of times.


Prime Minister D. M. Jayaratne tabled the Cabinet memorandum containing constitutional amendments yesterday morning.


The CAC will survive the dissolution of Parliament and continue to function notwithstanding the formation of a new government.


President Rajapaksa had referred the constitutional amendments to be presented to Parliament as an urgent Bill to the Supreme Court yesterday itself for an opinion which was expected within 72 hours, sources said.


The package of constitutional amendments will be presented to the SLFP`s 59th convention to be held under the aegis of President Rajapaksa at Temple Trees on Sept. 2, according to sources.


The proposed five-member CAC is to be appointed, in consultation with the President, by the Prime Minister, the Speaker and the Opposition Leader. Three of them will appoint one member each to the CAC. The Prime Minister and the Opposition Leader will nominate the remaining two members to represent the minorities.


The power of appointments, transfers and promotions in the Public Service will be vested with secretaries to ministries who are to decide on such matters in consultation with the Public service Commission (PSC).


The Independent Police Commission would cease to exist upon the implementation of the proposed constitutional amendments and the Police Service will function under the Inspector General of Police.

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The Island By Franklin R. Satyapalan

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alwaysalion
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LK Information  31 Aug 2010 03:05:09 GMT  Report for Abuse  
Next there will no more elections and that that will save time
and money.
We should give MR the right to employ his own cabinet and give him
support to run the country as he likes.Anybody disapproving should
be jailed for life or executed.
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LK Information  31 Aug 2010 03:28:31 GMT  Report for Abuse  
Next there will no more elections and that that will save time
and money.


I like that move. Make MR the king for life and we are all set. No more bickering, no more fighting.
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LK Information  31 Aug 2010 04:05:52 GMT  Report for Abuse  
If the majority is in favor, whats wrong in MR getting elected for 3,4, or for any time...its not MRs fault that there is no one in site to challenge him as the president!

I like that move. Make MR the king for life and we are all set. No more bickering, no more fighting.

hopefully no more terror tamils too!
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LK Information  31 Aug 2010 05:36:17 GMT  Report for Abuse  
If the majority is in favor, whats wrong in MR getting elected for 3,4, or for any time...its not MRs fault that there is no one in site to challenge him as the president


This is not the problem. However, if a megalomaniac comes to power under the new system then we've had it. Imagine if CBK had three or four terms, what would have been our plight !
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LK Information  31 Aug 2010 06:43:30 GMT  Report for Abuse  
This is not the problem. However, if a megalomaniac comes to power under the new system then we've had it. Imagine if CBK had three or four terms, what would have been our plight !


CBK lost her gloss towards the end, so did the JR.
Getting elected for 3rd or 4th time is pretty hard, even for MR in another six years.
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LK Information  31 Aug 2010 07:05:00 GMT  Report for Abuse  
Country is officially become a monarchy..
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This is not the problem. However, if a megalomaniac comes to power under the new system then we've had it

again thats why he need to be elected!
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LK Information  31 Aug 2010 07:28:28 GMT  Report for Abuse  
CBK lost her gloss towards the end, so did the JR.

thats is the biggest problem with this limit, once they get elected for the second time, they tend to behave as they want since they know they can't run again. without the limit they have to be more me conscious about people if they want to get elected again!
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