President hoping to become PM: Tilvin

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President Maithripala Sirisena is hoping to become the Prime Minister under the new Constitution, JVP General Secretary Tilvin Silva claimed on Saturday.

Speaking at a function in Matale, Silva said the executive presidency will be completely removed from the new Constitution.

“The President hopes to be a candidate for the post of Prime Minister for the next elections. He is already strengthening the SLFP for this,” he said.

However, the division of the SLFP was now a problem to the President. “Provincial Councils are the grass-roots of politics in this country. Dissolving them has caused a number of issues where services are concerned. The President is under the impression that delaying the Provincial Council elections can resolve the issues within the SLFP,” he said.

Commenting on parliamentarians being investigated, Silva said Minister of Social Empowerment and Welfare, S. B Dissanayake, has similar charges levelled against him.

“They have left him alone as he is a minister in this government. They have not taken any measures to investigate the ministers and parliamentarians connected to the government,” he said.

The General Secretary also went on to say that the ETCA with India would be detrimental to the Sri Lankan economy. “Under this, local engineers and doctors will lose their jobs and the estate sector workers will have to work for Rs. 250 a day as the estates will be able to bring in cheaper labour from India,” he said.

Both the previous and the present government could not resolve the economic issues in the country, Silva said. (M. W. Somarathne-Matale)

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  • usuf Monday, 28 March 2016 06:19 PM

    How about u via DM Android App

    dulan Monday, 28 March 2016 07:52 AM

    Get real! Estate workers from India and workers to get Rs.250 per day!

    kan Monday, 28 March 2016 10:32 AM

    Nothing can solve the economic problems of this country until corrupt politicians past and present are replaced with brand new highly educated and disciplined parliamentarians.

    wimpykid Monday, 28 March 2016 12:18 PM

    Presidents have become MPs .So what the heck.

    Tony Monday, 28 March 2016 12:28 PM

    JVP THINKS THEY CAN RESOLVE OUR ECONOMIC ISSUES. FIRST OF ALL THEY SHOULD PROVE AND GET AT LEAST SOME MEMBERS ELECTED TO PARLIAMENT

    Ravi Monday, 28 March 2016 12:39 PM

    RW is upset

    VT Monday, 28 March 2016 01:49 PM

    JVP -ONLY TALKING AND CRITICISING , WHY DON'T YOU SHOW YOUR ABILITIES

    Missaka Monday, 28 March 2016 01:54 PM

    Yes that's correct, some are working only for food in Ampara area.

    Upali Monday, 28 March 2016 02:09 PM

    kan, which part of the universe can we find such politicians? Even human beings, for that matter?

    Upali Monday, 28 March 2016 02:13 PM

    These people lost even they had (number of MPs) in previous elections. So, how are they going to form a govt and resolve our economic problems for ever? Just talking...endless talking... very easy job!

    garawi Monday, 28 March 2016 03:32 PM

    It will be better than a return of the dragon, MR !

    Dil Monday, 28 March 2016 03:37 PM

    They haven't got as such I guess


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