MP Withdraws Proposed Amendment To Limit The Cabinet To 30 Members

September 26, 2014

Gampaha District UPFA Parliamentarian Vasantha Senanayake has withdrawn a Private Members’ Bill to amend the Constitution and limit the Cabinet of Ministers to 30.

The Constitutional Amendment he proposed was to amend Articles 44, 45 and 26 of the Constitution of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka. The Cabinet of Ministers was to be limited to 30 while the number of Deputy Ministers was to be limited to 31 according to the proposed amendment.

Meanwhile, the President could only hold the Cabinet Ministry of Defense.

When Deputy Speaker Chandima Weerakkody called upon Senanayake to present the Bill at parliament yesterday, he said he was not presenting the Bill. Thereafter, Chief Organizer of the Opposition John Amaratunge tried to read out some points in the Bill, to which Weerakkody opposed, arguing that there was no need to debate a Bill which was not presented to parliament.

Senanayake is a back bencher of the government in the parliament.

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