The draft 22nd Amendment to the Constitution will be tabled in Parliament next month, revealed Leader of the Pivithuru Hela Urumaya Udaya Gammanpila. The amendment prohibits persons of dual citizenship from holding any administrative position in the government, Gammanpila noted.
Under the provisions of the 19th Amendment to the Constitution only the President and a member of Parliament were allowed bear a dual citizenship. However, Gammanpila pointed out that none of the persons, including the President and a member of Parliament, of dual citizenship should be allowed to hold any position in the public service.
The purpose of the 22A is to shut down some of the holes through which these persons got away and which could not be shut down by the 19A in the Constitution, he emphasised.
Despite Gammanpila’s stance on abolishing the 20th Amendment, he himself had endorsed when it was tabled in Parliament two years ago.