Prez should not use his power for personal benefit: Bimal

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President Maithripala Sirisena should exercise Executive Powers, not for his own benefit, but for the benefit of the country, JVP MP Bimal Ratnayake said today.

He told Parliament that the President had claimed that he would not give Ministerial portfolios to the SLFPers, who crossed over to the Government but he offered portfolios to those who supported him.

"The President offered portfolios to those who supported to ensure his power irrespective of their party. But he is refusing to give portfolios when they are supporting another one's power," he said.

The MP said the President should exercise his Executive Powers not for his own benefit but for the benefit of the country.

Speaking during the second day of the adjournment debate on abolishing Executive Presidency, he said the Rajapaksa faction, which insulted and disgraced the Speaker was now admiring him when he accepted Mahinda Rajapaksa as Opposition Leader.

"Those who criticised and insulted Speaker Karu Jayasuriya should now apologize to him for doing so," he said.

He said the Executive Presidency was not answerable to the people and added that it had not only endangered democracy of the country but also democracy of political parties.

He said a Premiership answerable to the people and Parliament should be introduced in place of the destructive Executive Presidency.(Ajith Siriwardana and Yohan Perera)

  Comments - 11

  • channa Wednesday, 19 December 2018 09:26 PM

    don't ever expect statesmansip from this ordinary man.

    xxx Wednesday, 19 December 2018 09:34 PM

    Prez has tried to be a lion and ended up being an animal worse than a jackal.

    UiniDon Wednesday, 19 December 2018 09:38 PM

    it seems that those who have elected MS are now critical of SM, including lakola sahodarawaru

    Rush Wednesday, 19 December 2018 09:44 PM

    The problem is that the mind set is of a SLFP General Secretary. TIt for tat butter for fat if you kill my dog I will kill your cat . That is the attitude.

    Gamarala Thursday, 20 December 2018 11:14 AM

    Sirisena is using his executive powers to please his long time friend MR and his goons. If he goes on like this, govt should bring an impeachment motion against this guy.

    Senewi Thursday, 20 December 2018 02:13 PM

    It is better to retain this ministry until the investigation on assassination plot is over .

    Wijeweera Thursday, 20 December 2018 10:50 PM

    President has executive powers to be used. What's wrong with it? JVP will have not a single MP next election lol. JVP can you do us a favor? Can you stop doing politics and stop talking nonsense please. LOL

    Raza Monday, 24 December 2018 10:45 AM

    I am not a JVP supporter.But now I have started to admire their straight forward arguments,statementsThey are not representing the elite but a section of ordinary masses.

    kudson Wednesday, 26 December 2018 10:05 AM

    wijeweera always talking poppycock get a life

    nandaguptha Thursday, 20 December 2018 11:42 PM

    There is not personal benefit coming out of this decision. One has to take strong decisions to curb the jumping frenzy of power hungry, useless, MP's who has no loyalty to the nation or the party they have been selected.

    don anton Wednesday, 26 December 2018 11:33 AM

    The past few weeks have amply demonstrated that our country is in the hands of a band of crafty jokers who have and are living in paradise at the expense of the people. Unless selfless patriotic citizens realise this and come forward to save the country Sri lanka is doomed.

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