13A subjected to Unitary Character

2015-01-20 16:01:48

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, in his first parliamentary address after assuming office in the new administration headed by President Maithripala Sirisena -- said the Government would preserve the unitary character of the Constitution when introducing constitutional reforms.

He outlined the plan for the execution of the 100-day programme and said the Government would introduce the 19th Amendment to the Constitution for the establishment of independent commissions which were rendered worthless under the 18th Amendment.

The Prime Minister said fresh constitutional reforms would be enacted to transfer the executive powers to the Legislature and the Cabinet during this period.

"We will introduce these reforms while preserving the unitary character of the Constitution. The 13th Amendment to the Constitution will be implemented subject to that principle," he said.

He said the stage had been set for a novel political culture and his government intended to engage in consensus politics rather than adopting a confrontational approach in achieving the targets set out in the 100-day programme in the greater interest of the country.

The Prime Minister said the country was engulfed in political and economic issues and grappling with challenges on the international front and added that the government would overcome all these challenges. He said the Government would enact the National Audit Bill, Right to Information Bill and the legislation for the implementation of the National Medicinal Drugs Policy.

"We now have a new political culture in which the main political parties have cast aside their policies and ideological differences to achieve common goals. This is a novel experience for the entire region. We will tread this path in consultation with all stakeholders," he said. (Kelum Bandara and Yohan Perera)

  Comments - 14

  • Horri Jimonis Tuesday, 20 January 2015 21:43

    Good luck Sir. We SriLankans are with you and Hon. President always.

    Reply : 31       137

    Wasantha Tuesday, 20 January 2015 21:48

    What is the take of JHU on this? Hope this is not a ruse to appease certain quarters

    Reply : 8       67

    Merv Tuesday, 20 January 2015 21:50

    ha ha haa, the cat is out of the bag

    Reply : 96       65

    Nish Tuesday, 20 January 2015 22:01

    Wonder whether Ranil himself knows about land powers.

    Reply : 92       50

    sanjay Tuesday, 20 January 2015 22:01

    Start of the beginning of division of the great country

    Reply : 118       73

    Simple mind Wednesday, 21 January 2015 06:29

    @Sanjay Wow!!!! Really? Must renew my passport, thanks for the advance anouncement.

    Reply : 21       38

    Asoka Wednesday, 21 January 2015 10:20

    Ranill and his ruling party knows "Tamil Nadu belongs to Tamils and Sri Lanka belongs to who?

    Reply : 25       21

    senal Thursday, 22 January 2015 01:05

    Sri Lankans

    Reply : 0       2

    chathuranga Wednesday, 21 January 2015 11:46

    Great !

    Reply : 8       21

    ilyas Wednesday, 21 January 2015 16:57

    I would like to compare present 100day program with President Roosevelt s 100day program in the 30s. via DM Android App

    Reply : 0       1

    banda Wednesday, 21 January 2015 17:33

    What I like about President Sirisena most is he cannot give a speech in English.

    Reply : 6       6

    Banda Wednesday, 21 January 2015 18:05

    Go head We need peaceful country where all race live togetherdont stop economic growth

    Reply : 3       10

    Manoj Wednesday, 21 January 2015 18:27

    Great news. Go ahead for lasting peace

    Reply : 4       7

    Nilani Ljunggren de silva Thursday, 22 January 2015 04:42

    Well SAID Ranil.

    Reply : 2       1

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