Provincial Council powers will not be handed to Parliament on dissolution : AG tells SC

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The Attorney General Jayantha Jayasuriya has submitted that the power of the provincial councils would not be given to Parliament and that the governor would take administrative power.

He further stated that amendments will be moved during the Committee Stage of the Bill 20 th Amendment and gave an undertaking to amend the implementation mechanism of the Provincial Council elections.

He was making submissions before the Supreme Court when the 13 petitions challenging the proposed 20th Amendment to the Constitution were taken up.

The Bench comprised Chief Justice Priyasath Dep, Justices Anil Gooneratne and Vijith K.Malalgoda.

Attorney General Jayantha Jayasuriya appeared with Additional Solicitor General Indika Demuni de Silva, Deputy Solicitors General Nerin Pulle and Viveka Siriwardena, Senior State Counsel Yuresha de Silva and State Counsel Suren Gnanaraj.

Former Minister G.L. Peiris, Udaya Gammanpila, PAFFREL, MEP, the Centre for Policy Alternatives, MP Dullas Alahapperuma, Ranga Dayananda, Renuka Dushyantha Perera, the Young Lawyers Association, K.G. Gunawansa and MP Namal Rajapaksa and Ven. Omare Kassapa Thero are some of the petitioners who have filed petitions.

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