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13A saga continues

Just after the defence secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa warned the 13th Amendment in the constitution was a "time bomb", the Media Minister and Cabinet Spokesperson, Keheliya Rambukwella, told the media that the government had not decided about the 13th Amendment, and that the President had reiterated the government's intention to implement the 13th plus.

Rambukwella said, "by the reference of 'Plus' it is envisaged to converge all minority groups in the provinces in a Senate."

Responding to questions about the recent calls to abolish the amendment, the Colombo Page quoted the minister as saying, 'the Amendment is part of the Constitution and the Members of Parliament are obliged to protect the Constitution'.

Accusing the TNA of seeking helpful from outside forces that "cannot do anything", Rambukwella asserted it was their "vacillating stance" that was the sole reason for delay in devolution.

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