The culmination of a long-term plan was seen in the Sri Lankan parliament yesterday.
With the infamous 20th Amendment gaining a parliamentary majority, Sri Lanka has officially transformed the corrupt democracy that has so far remained into a dictatorship. This change allows dual citizens who concentrate power with the President to hold political office, which can strengthen the family political strength of Gotabhaya Rajapaksa (Gora). It was approved by a delegation appointed by the majority of the people to vote for a constitutional amendment. It is not a matter for the public but the Rajapaksa family, but this change has made the Rajapaksa family the sole decision-making body for the people as a whole.
A majority of 91 votes passed the 20th Amendment to the Constitution on Thursday, and 156 members of the 225-member Parliament voted in favour. Sixty-five legislators voted against an amendment. The irony is that seven members of Parliament representing the Muslim and Tamil communities, the most oppressed minority groups because of the Rajapaksa family, and Diana Gamage, a member of the Samagi Balawewa, voted in favour of the constitutional Amendment.
Former President Maithripala Sirisena, a mocking figure of the people, abstained and expressed his opposition to the Amendment in advance.
With this change, Mara has the power to keep the ministries under his control, appoint ministers to them and dissolve them as he pleases. He will also be the sole authority to appoint the Commission on Elections, Public Service, Police, Human Rights and the Commission to Investigate Bribery or Corruption.
Until now, these commissions have been run independently by a legislature consisting of legislators and appointees from various political parties. With this Amendment, Parliament is bound to implement the President’s observations, abolishing the independence of Parliament and abolishing the Legislative Assembly.
Parliament can be dissolved at the discretion of the President within six months to five years after the election of the previous law prohibiting the dissolution of Parliament.
Rajapaksa also overcame internal opposition to a clause that lifted the ban on dual citizens holding political citizenship. Thus, if Gora’s future presidency is challenged by law, he will be given legal protection.
In fact, will allow the Rajapaksa family brothers and sisters to enter Parliament, and protect the right to flee the country and legally live in the United States if they lose power. This Amendment does not benefit the people of the country in the slightest and further strengthens the Rajapaksa family’s authority over political power. Gora’s older brother, former President Mahinda Rajapaksa, is now prime minister. Another elder brother and three nephews are also legislators. Three of them are ministers. Another nephew is the Chief of Staff of the Prime Minister. The rest of the Rajapaksa family’s relatives and friends hold power in all other state centres of the country.
Gora relinquished his U.S. citizenship last year to run for the presidency.
The Amendment was passed with a few changes, as the Supreme Court had earlier ruled that specific provisions of the original resolution were contrary to the sovereignty of the people and required referendum approval to become law.
A powerful executive presidency has ruled Sri Lanka since 1978. In 2015 a reformist government devolved most of the President’s powers to the parliament and independent commissions. Despite that period of political turmoil, the democratic social environment created in the country. During that period, anti-minority Muslim ideologies were spreads, and clashes between artificially created extremist Sinhala Buddhist and Muslim groups were the first step in a long-term political plan. The Easter bombing on April 21, 2019, took place under this backdrop. More than 265 people sacrificed their lives in the second phase of the political plan. A third step was to act in parallel and to create insecurity of national security in the country as planned, confirming the displeasure of the people with the government. At the same time, he imprinted in the minds of the people that Gora was the only leader of the country who had won the Tamil Eelam war. Accordingly result, Gora won the presidential election held on November 17, 2019, with 6,924,255 votes which are 52.25%. The culmination of that long-term plan was seen in the Sri Lankan Parliament yesterday.