Abolishing executive presidency: Prez, PM must state their stance: JVP

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Chief Opposition Whip and JVP Leader Anura Kumara Dissanayake said today President Maithripala Sirisena and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe reveal their stance on the 20th Amendment on abolishing presidential powers because they had given such a pledge to people.

He said this after handing over the amendment to the Parliament Secretary General last morning.

“The President became the common candidate at the 2015 presidential election on the promise of scrapping the executive presidency. Soon after the swearing-in ceremony he said the 2015 presidential election would be the last such election in the country. He also repeated his pledge to scrap the executive presidency at the funeral of the Ven Maduluwawe Sobitha Thera who was a staunch supporter of scrapping the executive presidency. Therefore, he cannot run away from the pledge he made and the mandate he received in 2015,” the MP said.

He said the same applied to the Prime Minister as well who had also pledged to scrap it. “The UNP has passed two resolutions at two of its party conventions. Therefore he too cannot work against the mandate he had received. The Premier cannot change his stance whenever his fortunes in politics change,” the MP said.

He said former President Mahinda Rajapaksa should urge the government to scrap the presidency, as he has made his stance clear. The JVP leader said his party was willing to discuss the scrapping of the presidency with all political parties. “However we do not intend to discuss this with those keen on worshiping the executive president,” he said. (Yohan Perera and Ajith Siriwardana)

  Comments - 14

  • Duminda Friday, 25 May 2018 10:16 PM

    Great move by JVP. Congratulations!!!

    Observer Saturday, 26 May 2018 09:02 AM

    From the "likes" and "dislikes" it appears that there are more worshipers than others

    Dr. K.J. Herath Saturday, 26 May 2018 09:43 AM

    Honestly, hereafter UNPers and SLFPers should join hands with JVP and support them and bring them to power, that is the right move.

    Ceylon Lankans Club Saturday, 26 May 2018 09:44 AM

    JVP is the only party concerned about the burning problems of SriLankans. Go a head, hereafter we will support you guys.

    S.T.M. Jabeer (Attorney-at-Law) Saturday, 26 May 2018 09:46 AM

    Hereafter Mr. Anura Kumara slash and smash the dam leaders RW

    Felix Manik Ratnayake (Ex-Army) Saturday, 26 May 2018 09:49 AM

    I bet you our next President will be Hon. Anura Kumara Dissanayake, he is the only one fights for the right.

    Y. Samarakoon Saturday, 26 May 2018 09:50 AM

    JVP, next step - invite all the people to the streets and protest until My3 and RW resigns.

    G.P. Gunasinghe Saturday, 26 May 2018 09:52 AM

    Dam Yahapalanaya ruined our nation and SL is sinking, no idiot rulers are bothered... Come on Red shirt boys jump in to the streets, this is the right time.

    Libtard Friday, 25 May 2018 10:37 PM

    Before that you need to say your stance on Provincial councils and "Indian imperialism". Because believing your previous leaders talks 60,000 youth gave their lives to protect the sovereignty of the nation.

    MR Friday, 25 May 2018 10:51 PM

    Anura kumara will not destroy JVP. When the JVP is totally wiped out from the sri lankan soil Anura Kumara will be the leader of the JVPPathetic rough who has sold his party

    voter Saturday, 26 May 2018 08:01 AM

    As the leader of the country to be selected from 225 we will expected to have good representation of people!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Jude Saturday, 26 May 2018 08:51 AM

    Hey AKD, it's NOT gonna happen!!!! SL Presidency here to stay!!!

    Waco Saturday, 26 May 2018 09:29 AM

    Executive Presidency shoul never be abolished. It is necessary for the nation's security

    Prof. L.M. Mendis Saturday, 26 May 2018 09:40 AM

    Dissa, both the President and the Prime Minister are planning to remain in power forever, this is their motive and not to look in to the poor man's plight. Better gather the people to the streets and chase this Govt.


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