SLFP argument no longer valid: DM

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The argument by the SLFP and a few other parties which opposed the 19th Amendment if not introduced simultaneously with electoral reforms is no longer valid, because the arbitrary powers of the executive presidency has not been curbed to the extent originally planned, Deputy Foreign Affairs Minister Ajith P. Perera said today.

He told a news briefing that the government had decided to omit certain sections of the 19A draft that would be taken up for debate in Parliament; because the Supreme Court verdict on its constitutionality stated that they required approval at a referendum.  

“It is very clearly mentioned in President Sirisena’s manifesto that any constitutional amendment that requires a referendum will not be implemented. Therefore, we decided to omit the sections that need a referendum and go ahead with those that can be passed in parliament by a 2/3 majority,” the deputy minister said.

He said the original clause that declared the President as the Head of State, the Government, the Executive and the Commander of the tri-forces still exists.

“So as you can see, the only curtailing of powers with regard to that clause in 19A is the section which calls for important decisions regarding the appointment of ministers and dissolving Parliament to be carried out in consultation with the Prime Minister. If a situation arises where the President and the PM are in conflict regarding the course of action to be taken, the matter will be referred to Parliament,” the deputy minister said.

He said therefore the argument put forward by the SLFP and other parties on having to approve the 19A together with electoral reforms simultaneously was no longer valid because the country has not been destabilized in any way because the powers of the executive presidency have not been curbed to the extent envisaged at first.

The deputy minister said neither the SLFP nor any other party had any grounds, legally or ethically to object to the implementation of the 19A.
“I must also mention that the omission of certain clauses has not in any way caused a hindrance to our promise of establishing and strengthening good governance and democracy in the country. Meanwhile, we also recognize the importance of implementing electoral reforms but that will be carried out in due time without haste,” he added. (Lakna Paranamanna)

 
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  • Me Saturday, 11 April 2015 11:26 AM

    u are correct

    Abayatilaka Saturday, 11 April 2015 11:53 AM

    Actual reason that some of the UPFA members are hesitant to vote for 19A is they do not want to face for an election soon. They know very well that their chances of getting elected again is very slim. They were the members who were benefited from the former regime. Most of the Rajapaksa family members are mentioned for various illegal money transactions. Probably these members were also part of those deals.

    Aba Jayasekera Sunday, 12 April 2015 08:46 PM

    The deputy minister says “therefore the argument put forward by the SLFP and other parties on having to approve the 19A together with electoral reforms simultaneously was no longer valid because the country has not been destabilized in any way because the powers of the executive presidency have not been curbed to the extent envisaged at first.”He therefore admits that if 19A had been passed as earlier proposed by his party the country would have been destabilised. Was it his party’s earlier intention to destabilise the country ? The deputy minister also says “ the SLFP nor any other party had any grounds, legally or ethically to object to the implementation of the 19A.” This is childish and absolute rubbish. This is not a game with points being scored. The only question that everyone must be concerned with is whether the sovereignty of the people is better guaranteed under the present electoral system or under the proposed system

    Aba Jayasekera Saturday, 11 April 2015 03:59 PM

    The most important matter is the electoral reform which will enable each constituency to have an MP. As it is most candidates go fishing in the District and picking votes. No one is responsible for a constituency. That is why we are having protest meetings every day through the country - because each constituency is unrepresented.

    Kingsley Wijesinhe Saturday, 11 April 2015 08:36 AM

    Why is the Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs speaking on constitutional matters? He is certainly talking a bit too much for a first time Deputy Minister.

    Push Saturday, 11 April 2015 04:31 PM

    If there is material in what he says being new is immaterial. Everybody must think of the country before looking at personal gains.

    Jhonny Sunday, 12 April 2015 02:37 AM

    This deputy minister is a lawyer, someone who would know more about constitutional law that some of the other jokers out there, including you

    dilip Saturday, 11 April 2015 06:30 PM

    Mr.Kingsley, you just hit the nail on the right spot.Thanks. The deputy minister is trying to get good marks, in case they win the next Elections.


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