Monday, 12th April 2021

Ranil secured premiership without parliament majority

British Asia News Network

Sri Lanka: Ranil Wickremesinghe would have lost the premiership the day after the 19th Amendment of the Constitution was passed had it contained the proposal that the parliamentarian had a 113-member majority. 

The 19th Amendment mentions that the President should appoint a Member of the Parliament as the Prime Minister, who, in the President’s opinion, is most likely to command the confidence of Parliament, Kumaratunga further said. He stated this attending a press conference held in Colombo today (07).

He claims that this was included in the 19th Amendment, as Ranil Wickremesinghe had either 42 or 43 members on his side when the Amendment was passed. It was also questioned as to why the 19th Amendment does not contain a clause stating that the Member of Parliament, who holds the 113-member majority in the Chamber should be appointed as the premier.



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