In a statement, they state that “…the sovereignty of the people should always be safeguarded and protected.”
“…the 20th amendment should not be proceeded with, in its entirety, and instead a constitution needs to be the national priority at present,” the Catholics Bishops Conference insisted.
The statement also pointed out that a two-thirds majority in Parliament does not necessarily manifest the true conscience of the people.
The Bishops Conference further pointed out that all elected executive presidents since 1994 have failed to fulfil their promises if transferring powers to the Parliament.
"We need to emphasise that the concentration of power in an individual without checks and balances does not auger well for a democratic country,” the statement added.
The collective also called for the appointment of an independent constitutional council to draft a new constitution and said drafters must plug the loopholes that can lead to multiple interpretations.
It called for the appointment of an independent constitutional council to draft a new constitution and said drafters must plug the loopholes that can lead to multiple interpretations.
The statement of the Catholics Bishops Conference follows a statement issued yesterday (12) by the Amarapura-Ramanna Samagri Maha Sangha Sabha, urging the government to withdraw the proposed 20th Amendment to the Constitution.
The full statement of the Catholics Bishops Conference is shown below :
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