|The Sri Lanka Muslim Congress (SLMC) High Command at a meeting held on Thursday night has unanimously decided to oppose the proposed amendments to the 13th Amendment, a senior party spokesman told Ceylon Today.
Meanwhile, the draft document of the proposed amendments was presented to the Cabinet on Thursday and the SLMC Leader had informed the Cabinet that he would announce the decision of his party at the next Cabinet meeting after consulting the SLMC High Command. Later in the evening, the SLMC High Command decided to vote against the proposed amendments, the spokesman said.
SLMC Leader and Justice Minister, Rauff Hakeem also confirmed in an interview with BBC that the SLMC would vote against amendments the government is planning to introduce to the existing 13th Amendment to the Constitution.
Reliable sources said, President Mahinda Rajapaksa had inquired whether there was meaning to Hakeem being in the Cabinet as the SLMC representative, if he is not capable of making bold decisions expeditiously.