The 19A was seen as the most progressive pro-democracy reformist move since Sri Lanka
came to be governed under the all-powerful executive presidency in 1978.
It depoliticised the government administration by ensuring the independence of key pillars such as the judiciary, public service, and elections. The 20th Amendment proposes to restore full legal immunity to the President, removing the provisions made in 19A to take legal action against the President. Amidst an uproar by the Opposition in Parliament on Tuesday, Justice Minister Ali Sabri tabled the Bll which was the original gazette issued by the government on September 3.