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Second Reading of proposed Anti-Corruption Bill passed without a vote

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The Second Reading of the proposed Anti-Corruption Bill was passed in Parliament yesterday without a vote and subjected to subsequent amendments.

Accordingly, the Committee Stage to introduce amendments to the Act is scheduled to be held on July 19.

The debate on the anti-corruption bill was held for the second day yesterday. Speaking after the debate, the Leader of the House, Minister Susil Premajayantha said that the adoption of this bill will be postponed. He also mentioned that the bill will be passed after the amendments are presented on July 19.

Opposition Whip Lakshman Kiriella who spoke then said that the bill should be passed today and bring the amendments later.

SJB MP Eran Wickramaratne said the Bill should be passed today as many discussions were held in the past in this regard.

MP Chandima Weerakkodi said the whole country is waiting for the anti-corruption act. We presented 53 amendments, We got information the Bill will be delayed to delay the hearing of the Bribery Commission.

Opposition Leader Sajith Premadasa said that postponing this bill today sends a bad message to the country. That this is being postponed due to some external influence.Today we have the sovereignty of Parliament or the sovereignty of the crow. The conscience of the Minister of Justice knows that this is the influence of the crow. The people of this country are waiting for this.

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