MR to prune some executive powers-SLFP

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Minister Nimal Siripala De Silva said today the United People’s Freedom Alliance (UPFA) manifesto for the January 8 presidential election would include Constitutional reforms with regard to the pruning of some of executive presidential powers.

 

He said the powers of the executive presidency could be delegated to the Prime Minister, the Speaker or the Chief Justice only in accordance with the provisions of the Constitution and not in the manner suggested by the opposition.

 

The minister told a media conference at the SLFP headquarters that Chapter 37 of the Constitution clearly states how the powers of the executive presidency could be delegated to the Prime Minister.

 

“It can be done in the event the President suffers from a mental or physical disability and is unable to perform his duties or when he or she goes abroad. Mental or physical disability must be substantiated with proper medical reports,” he said.

 

The minister said in such a scenario it was uncertain how common opposition candidate Maithripala Sirisena, should he win the January 8 election, be able to appoint the Prime Minister.(Sandun A Jayasekera)

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  • OMG Wednesday, 03 December 2014 04:59 PM

    Too little too late.

    lalan Wednesday, 03 December 2014 05:23 PM

    Hondin kiwwama ahanna oney!

    joe Thursday, 04 December 2014 05:18 PM

    MR Missed the boat. Too late.now to fix the damage.

    mohan Wednesday, 03 December 2014 05:34 PM

    Mr minister did you ever heard of referendum ? people have power to change everything ,

    yURI Thursday, 04 December 2014 05:47 AM

    Now i start to understand Sri Lanan can think too ha , when i reding the comments

    Suq Madique Wednesday, 03 December 2014 05:57 PM

    A bit too little too late. Now that the writings on the wall MR is taking desperate measures.

    Sam Wednesday, 03 December 2014 05:59 PM

    Mr Minister. do we laugh for these jokes?

    mervyn perera Wednesday, 03 December 2014 06:05 PM

    are u suggesting that the president will go insane. you are one of those who engineered the defections. you are hoping that you will be appointed Prime Minister and further hoping President will go insane so that u can become President. You are a real traitor.

    TONY Wednesday, 03 December 2014 06:06 PM

    MR CONSIDERING A MOVE TO WIN AT ANY COST TO ENJOY THE GREED FOR POWER

    Mason Wednesday, 03 December 2014 06:16 PM

    He usurped all the power he wanted. Now, with the opposition becoming more popular and gathering more support, he says he will come down from his pedestal. All know that he cannot be believed.Adios MR.

    Janaki Kalansuriya Thursday, 04 December 2014 06:47 AM

    Mr. Silva. For us to believe you, first show us the document you read at parliament re. 18th amendment!!!!

    Tax Payer Wednesday, 03 December 2014 06:27 PM

    Too little, too late...

    Voter Wednesday, 03 December 2014 06:30 PM

    They have got cold feet and now increasingly ( at least superficially) trying to look democratic.Possibly by 08th January may even withdraw from contesting. via DM Android App

    Jan Chandra Thursday, 04 December 2014 07:01 AM

    It is not too late for Sirisena to join MR for the security of the nation.

    Afzal Wednesday, 03 December 2014 06:53 PM

    Unwise to talk about this now after so many years in power. This looks like giving in to pressure SLFP is unable to come up with a feasible plan to convince the masses why they should vote for a MR 3rd Term.

    D. Goonawardena Wednesday, 03 December 2014 06:55 PM

    It should not have come to this to realize that we needed amendments to ourconstituition which includes Presidential powers.His Excellency has proved that a few can take on the task in developing a country, the cost is another question but people must admit it was achieved in the last 9 yrs, who else has done this here ?In the runup to the election I hope both H.E. and Mr. Sirisena do what is right as there is still hope that this great land is a better place to live in.I wish them both all the very best at the elections and for the New Year.

    M.O.A.Careem Wednesday, 03 December 2014 07:08 PM

    Hon. Minister - settle UVa P/C issue first -people are suffering in your own area

    Gona Wednesday, 03 December 2014 07:12 PM

    Why only now considering pruning powers. Humbug . Get out now you are a shameful president

    SARATH Wednesday, 03 December 2014 07:14 PM

    Sirisena will never win.LOOSER.

    Dinesh Wednesday, 03 December 2014 07:20 PM

    Well said sir.Good on you.We support you.

    aza Wednesday, 03 December 2014 07:28 PM

    why not do it now when you have 2/3 majority still and have the fullest support to do that from opposition ,MR wont be do that anyway after 8 th January because he will be feeling country with his clan

    Good Boy Thursday, 04 December 2014 07:56 AM

    Do it before the election

    Sunil Thursday, 04 December 2014 01:17 PM

    Is it so?

    sam Thursday, 04 December 2014 01:21 PM

    Agreed

    ks Thursday, 04 December 2014 01:23 PM

    Is it so ?

    ks Thursday, 04 December 2014 01:28 PM

    Let us see what happens in elections

    Han Solo Thursday, 04 December 2014 01:30 PM

    Good one. A very sensible comment.


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