I have no dreams of becoming PM- Opposition Leader

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Our party will split into two if all of us dream of the premiership at this juncture, Opposition Leader Nimal Siripala De Silva said on Saturday (28).

I have never set my sights on becoming the prime minister but always worked for the victory of the party and I have no objection to the abolishment of the executive powers of the president, he said replying to a question asked by a journalist at the media conference held at the Opposition Leader’s office.

He also denied the news item that appeared in the social media and newspapers quoting him of being opposed to reducing the executive powers of the president as well as amendments to the existing election system.

The constitutional amendments prepared by the constitutional committee appointed by the SLFP Central Committee, including himself as the chairman and Anura Priyadharshana Yapa,  Susil Premajayantha, John Senevirathne, and G.L. Pieris, has been forwarded to the Central Committee for review, he said.

At the request of the CC members, a one week period had been allocated to express their opinions and thereafter it would be submitted to CC for approval, he said.

Among the proposed amendments are abolishing the executive powers of the president, dissolving of parliament, granting clemency to convicts, appointment of secretaries to the ministries and reduction of the period of presidency from 6 years to 5.

The prohibition of parliamentarians to change parties had also been included in the Amendments, he said. The SLFP also supports a conducive system of elections, he said.(Sujith Hewajulige)

  Comments - 8

  • Maverick Monday, 02 March 2015 03:53 PM

    Idiot, before even thinking about being PM, try to win your constituency at least...

    roy2276 Monday, 02 March 2015 05:52 PM

    We want MR as our PM

    Ukkun Putha Monday, 02 March 2015 12:06 PM

    You and MY3 are very talented

    de silva Monday, 02 March 2015 06:00 PM

    You will always be the opposition leader.

    Ruberu Monday, 02 March 2015 12:24 PM

    Even if you have, it will be a dream only. MR will be the only acceptable face.

    cheers Monday, 02 March 2015 12:33 PM

    SLFP/UPFA will bring MR back and people will endorse this as the current affairs are totally messed up

    Euclid Monday, 02 March 2015 12:50 PM

    If you do not dream, try sleepwalking ! Consult the closest laundry for advice.

    ANTON Monday, 02 March 2015 10:10 AM


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