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President Maithripala Sirisena today entrusted the power to make a final decision on the executive presidency to the members of parliament.

He assured parliament that the new government would enact electoral reforms, adopt an Asia-centred non-aligned foreign policy and achieve economic development through an environment-friendly, knowledge-based thorough an innovation-driven approach.

The President said he had been able to set up a national unity government between the two main parties on similar lines of the government formed in South Africa after the end of Apartheid.

He said it was a departure from a culture of coalition governments between one major party and a few other small parties.

The President said such a government would have been ideal immediately after the war was over, but it was not to be. He said this government hoped to achieve socio-economic development based on modern trends within the next five years.

The President said he would seek to incorporate his basic policies presented to people at the January 8 presidential election, with the policies outlined in the manifestos of the United National Front for Good Governance (UNFGG), the United People's Freedom Alliance (UPFA) and the Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP).

He said the introduction of a new electoral system and the abolishing of the preferential voting system would be a priority of this government through the 20th Amendment, presented to the previous parliament, as the launching pad.

Referring to post-war reconciliation, he said it was up to the members of the legislature to take political decisions and enact measures with the intention of fostering a true Sri Lankan identity .

The President said it was the duty cast upon the legislators to decide whether the country should persist with the executive presidency or the powers transferred to parliament.

The President also assured that as Minister of Defence he would protect Sri Lanka's sovereignty and territorial integrity.

Describing Asia as a key global player in the 21st century, he said the country's strategic geographic location would be harnessed fully for its benefit.

The President said he would not hesitate to take action against those who abused state resources irrespective of their status of position. This assurance was welcomed by government members who thumped their desks in agreement.

He said the a economic model based on the teachings of the Buddha would be used as a guideline in the pursuit of economic development. (Kelum Bandara and Yohan Perera)
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  • Nish Tuesday, 01 September 2015 04:21 PM

    wow very nice. if the parliament decides to go with abolishing presidency but not enact 20th amendment the whole country will be in a mess in the future

    Willowsd Tuesday, 01 September 2015 04:47 PM

    I think in Jan 8 we the voters very learly said our message? And again on Sep 17?

    johan Tuesday, 01 September 2015 08:16 PM

    The Parliament can elect the President, but he should have powers like Defense,power over the Governors of provinces and also cabinet.We can save millions spent on presidential election.

    raheem Tuesday, 01 September 2015 08:43 PM

    Dear sirto be respect with u i can hear some good sounds from u that i had not been heard in previous

    Raj Wednesday, 02 September 2015 04:14 PM

    Jan8 he won because of the minority votes, but now he does not want their output. What a way to thank them for the favour they have done to him to win.

    GH86 Tuesday, 01 September 2015 09:35 PM

    There is no question whether to let Parliament to determine the Presidency being remained or abolished, but restored the Westminister system fully is a decent way of doing as election promise. No second thought agreed. Go ahead with the promise made to the people already.


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