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Speaker Karu Jayasuriya has urged all concerned citizens to work towards defeating extremism and the abolishing of the executive presidency in the New Year.

He said this at an inter-religious congress held at his official residence on Wednesday.

“It seems that religious and ethnic extremism has raised its head again. This seems to have been shaped by politics. It is important that the inter-religious congress takes steps to arrest this trend,” the Speaker said. “Don’t let politicians spread extremism using temples and other places of worship."

He requested the inter-religious congress to work towards abolishing the executive presidency which is not good for democracy.

“I have been backing the abolition of the executive presidency and I dedicated myself to the abolishing of the executive presidency after the famous North-Western Province elections in 1999.

The Inter-Religious congress requested the Speaker to bringing about a truce between the President and the Prime Minister to ensure that there was stability in the country.

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  • sudath Saturday, 29 December 2018 09:20 AM

    Ya,ya. Your boss will never become the president by an election.

    Ushan Saturday, 29 December 2018 09:29 AM

    The reason UNP wants to abolish president is clear. Sad fact is not that. The sad thing is UNP selling the country under the people’s feet. See the new Acts of Parliament to privatise government property which is 83% of the land mass of Srilanka. See the HPV vaccine supposedly to stop cancer. Google and see. UNP thinks srilankans are royal fools. People are enslaved by IMF contracts. 1.2 billion given to alleviate our poverty? Look at the agreements properly those who are concerned for the nation. It is land grabs, and hidden agendas like India is doing with international agreements to take Srilanka IT industry.

    Rathna Sunday, 30 December 2018 08:43 AM

    We are under hidden forces.Be careful.Some want to destabilize the country

    rohanbay Monday, 31 December 2018 07:06 AM

    Executive presidential system should continue with limiting powers to commander of defense forces,and head of state. On the advised of PM, he/she should declare emergency and take over internal security too under his purview. PM should be the head of cabinet and cabinet decisions should be officially communicated to President. The latter should be able to dissolve parliament after 4 years.

    GH Monday, 31 December 2018 11:00 PM

    If unseated you from the chair of SPEAKER, the mission of eliminating extremism will end up success.


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