The inaugural meeting of the Parliamentary Council (PC) established under the 20th Amendment was held yesterday where its members discussed the framework within which it will operate.
The Council will meet again on 10 November to formally commence its work and take up for consideration the names of the nominees to be appointed to the Supreme Court, submitted to the Council by President Gotabaya Rajapaksa.
The Parliamentary Council which replaced the Constitutional Council (CC) which was set up under the 19th Amendment to the Constitution only has powers to make its observations on the nominees sent by the President .
It has a week to communicate its observations, failing which the President can go ahead and confirm the appointments.
The five member PC is headed by the Speaker and has as its two ex-officio members the Prime Minister and the Leader of the Opposition. It 's two other members are Minister Douglas Devananda who is the PM’s nominee andSJB MP Kabeer Hashim who’s the Opposition Leader’s nominee.
All members attended the inaugural meeting yesterday while Secretary General of Parliament DhammikaDasanayake and the Deputy Secretary General & Chief of Staff Neil Iddawalawere also present at the meeting.