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Hansard on 18th Amendment debate, 8 September 2010

Exclusive video: Parliamentary debate and objections to 18th Amendment, “Sound is no substitute for argument”: Exclusive video of TNA MP M.A. Sumanthiran’s speech in parliament against 18th Amendment and Final text of TNA MP M.A. Sumanthiran’s speech in Parliament opposing the 18th Amendment published exclusively on Groundviews capture the chaos that reigned during the parliamentary ‘debates’ on the 18th Amendment Bill on 7th and in particular, 8th September 2010.

We publish below the Hansard of the ‘debate’ on the 8th.

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  • “The timeline… reflects both the genesis of the heinous 18th Amendment and also the occasions mainstream press reported that the President attended / “visited” Parliament.

    It was no easy task to compile this. Only a handful ordinary citizens would have the expertise to search for this information online, or elsewhere. There is no easy record retrieval of the President’s attendance in Parliament on its official website. But what is immediately obvious when the scattered media reports are taken as a whole is that the 18th Amendment has in no way at all contributed to a more accountable Executive. ”

    Excerpt from ‘Months after the 18th Amendment: Is the Executive really more accountable to Parliament?’, http://groundviews.org/2011/06/11/months-after-the-18th-amendment-is-the-executive-really-more-accountable-to-parliament/