SLFP against new Constitution, agrees only to amendments: Isura

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The Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) was not only against the report of the Constitutional Steering Committee, it will also reject any Constitutional amendments if SLFP proposals were not taken into consideration, WP Chief Minister Isura Devapriya said today.

He reiterated that the SLFP was anyway against a new Constitution and would only agree to bring in the amendments to the Constitution.

“We will act against a new Constitution if it bring proposals to abolished the executive president system. The executive powers of the President should not be curtailed furthermore because it had already been reduced,” Chief Minister Devapriya told a press briefing.

He said the SLFP had proposed some proposals to the Interim report and their stance on the executive presidential system would not be changed.

He said the SLFP could only agree with some of the proposals included in the report and against the rest of the proposals.

“We were against the merger of two provincials councils. We can’t agree to the proposal that the Chief ministers meeting should be held under the patronage of the Prime Minister. The meeting should be held under the patronage of the executive president of the country,’ he said.

He said a Constitution that can be agreed by all parties should be created.

Commenting on the upcoming local government election, he said it is good if the elections could be held in January.

“But I think there might be a problem to hold the election in January because of errors in the election system. Only the Election Commissioner can decide the date of the election,” he said. (Darshana Sanjeewa)

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  • MP Thursday, 26 October 2017 07:12 AM

    Very good. Great to hear!

    shanthapriya Thursday, 26 October 2017 10:16 AM

    who is this?

    Harshi Thursday, 26 October 2017 11:13 AM

    SLFP has been calling for the repeal of the "JR Constitution" ever since it it was adopted. Leaders such as Mrs. B, CBK and MR agitated against both the constitution and the executive presidency. How come that SLFP now make an about face and say it endorses the constitution? It has no mandate to do so, having lost both the Presidential and Parliamentary elections in 2015.

    Stardust Thursday, 26 October 2017 11:35 AM

    An other mistake of SLFP via DM Android App

    sanjayadahanayake Thursday, 26 October 2017 12:51 PM

    He got his CM post pina . He never supported to 2015 president election. Playing survival game with president. President Mahinda Rajapaksha also learnt lot of things these type of personnel now. Who is next?

    Kadiya Thursday, 26 October 2017 12:57 PM

    Nobody is really surprised, after all you are so used to raising your hands for any amendment, no?

    Park Thursday, 26 October 2017 03:52 PM

    A person who does not respect his leader is not a politician. This joker's leader President Sirisena promised abolishing Presidency. If this joker does not agree with his leaders election platform why is he still in the party, he should resign. People like him who have their feet in two boats have to be sunk.


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