20A: Nationalist forces to keep fighting dual citizenship

Nationalist movements supportive of the Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP) led government are continuing to agitate over the clause in the 20th Amendment Bill that enables dual citizens to hold public office, The Morning learns.

Chief Incumbent of the Abhayarama Temple in Colombo, Ven. Muruththettuwe Ananda Thero along with several other leading Buddhist monks who are supportive of the government have called for several meetings tomorrow to further discuss the 20th Amendment Bill.

The Thero has invited the key coalition partner of the government, the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) for a discussion tomorrow, The Morning reliably learns.

A senior government minister told The Morning that the SLFP has confirmed participation at tomorrow’s meeting.

The minister also noted that several government ministers have decided to hand over a letter to the President and Prime Minister with their signatures, requesting for the repealing of the clause on dual citizens in the 20th Amendment Bill.

The 20th Amendment Bill is to be taken up for debate tomorrow (21) and Thursday (22).

The government yesterday (19) announced its decision to amend three clauses in the 20th Amendment Bill at the committee stage of the debate in parliament, but the dual citizenship clause was not among them.