The Colombo Telegraph learns that 3rd June 2013, evening, De facto Chief Justice Mohan Pieris met the President privately for 45 minutes. After the discussion, the President met a group of confidants prior to meeting the party leaders of the UPFA at 7.30 pm.
At the party leaders meeting on 5th June, the President announced that a Cabinet paper would be submitted on the next Cabinet meeting fixed for the 6th June to amend the constitution to change two provisions. He briefly explained the intended amendments:
a. Taking away the provisions authorizing two Provincial Councils to merge.
b. Changing Articles 154G and 154H so that the Parliament will be able to pass any law inconsistent with the Schedules to the 13th Amendment, provided the majority of the Provincial Councils give their assent.
The Cabinet paper and the draft constitutional amendment has now been finalised.
This urgent decision was taken and announced in the absence of the Rauf Hakeem the Leader of the SLMC and the Minister Tissa Vitarana of the LSSP, who are presently overseas.