Head of Govt. not specified

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Cabinet approval has been granted to include a change to the draft of the 19th Amendment, through which the Head of the Government has not been specified leading to a further curtailing of executive powers, although the President will remain the Head of State and Commander-in-Chief.

Cabinet Spokesman and Minister Rajitha Senaratne speaking told a news conference yesterday that the issue of the 19th Amendment draft was with concern to which position should be named the Head of the Government.

“Earlier, the President was named the Head of State, the Commander of the tri-forces, head of the Executive and the Head of the Government. But following the change approved by the cabinet, no elaboration has been done on who the Head of Government should be – it will depend on the availability of the President and the Prime Minister,” he said.

The minister said even in countries such as Korea, it was not elaborated whether it was the President or the Prime Minister who should hold the leadership of the government.

“Except for Minister Champika Ranawaka, all other members of the cabinet agreed to this change to be included in the 19A draft since we explained that during the campaigning period our pledge was to either abolish the Executive Presidency or to curtail executive powers. Therefore, if the presidential system is to be maintained, the Executive powers of the position need to be curtailed, which we have included in the draft by removing immunity and making the presidency accountable to Parliament,” he said.

The minister said these were the main clauses that they had been campaigning for since the 1970s.(Lakna Paranamanna)
 
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  • Arjuna Ranawana Wednesday, 25 March 2015 02:29 PM

    Body without head like a warm

    suhada Wednesday, 25 March 2015 03:54 PM

    this country is heding towards anarch situation..so called yahapalanaya,,these people ultimatly ruined everything what we have achived during last few years

    upali Wednesday, 25 March 2015 11:16 AM

    Very democratic because every one is head of govt. good luck an bright future for mother Sri Lanka,

    josh Wednesday, 25 March 2015 05:30 PM

    what exactly did we achieve in the last few years other than defeating the LTTE? Selling the country to China? Racism? Minority suppression? Corruption? Money laundering? Becoming the hub for drugs and alcohol? Safe heaven for criminals? Are those achievements that we dont want to loose?

    Apapalan Wednesday, 25 March 2015 05:42 PM

    At max, will work only when two uncharismatic leaders without a support bases are the President and PM... after that is total anarchy... please do not create consitution only to suit today... this is real Ava Palanaya

    Prem Nath Wednesday, 25 March 2015 11:53 PM

    There are a wast number of heads (with pulung) in the government.


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