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Debate on 19A tomorrow:

End of executive presidency?

The parliamentary debate on the country’s most- awaited piece of legislation in decades, the 19th Amendment to the Constitution, begins tomorrow morning with the nation holding its breath as to the outcome. If the voting goes in favour, Sri Lanka’s now much-derided presidential form of government will be drastically transformed removing the currently all-powerful office of the executive president.

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The 100-Day scorecard

Concentrating more on governance:

Principal Researcher at Point Pedro Institute for Development, Dr. Muthukrishna Sarvananthan: In general, the government seem to be on correct track although it has not been able to achieve the promises within the stipulated day for several reasons including the composition of the parliament. But economically, there has been relief for the people through the Budget such as the increase in Mahapola scholarship,

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Sacrilege!

In a first-of-a-kind fiasco, Sri Lankan Parliament is turned into a 'carnival ground':

For the first time in local parliamentary history, a group of UPFA Parliamentarians enacted an overnight drama in the well of the House, protesting against the Bribery Commission's decision to summon former President Mahinda Rajapaksa to record a statement. The nearly 23 hour protest which commenced on Monday (April 20) around 10.40 am continued until the commencement of next day’s Parliamentary proceedings.

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I want to come back - Perumal

The controversial former Chief Minister of the United Northeastern Provincial Council, Varatharaja Perumal believes that Sri Lanka needs a Devolution Commission to look into the various aspects of power sharing and ensure the full implementation of the 13 Amendment to the Constitution in spirit and letter.

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