19A a ‘Constitutional Coup’-JHU

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The 19th Amendment presented in Parliament by the Government was a result of a ‘Constitutional Coup’ to allow a person who is unable to win at an election to retain power, the Jathika Hela Urumaya (JHU) said today.

JHU General Secretary and Minister Patali Champika Ranawaka said the objective of the latest reforms was to render the Executive President powerless and to make the Prime Minister powerful.

“The people elected President Maithripala Sirisena with a mandate to curb the arbitrary powers of the Presidency and not to make the Prime Minister the Head of the Government nor allow Parliament to override the Executive. The Prime Minister can be made the Head of the Government only if approved at a referendum,” he told a news conference held at the Party Head Office in Battaramulla.

Claiming that the constitutional reforms included in the 19th Amendment were done in a hurry, he vowed to garner the support of other political parties and defeat the 19th Amendment in its present form. (Lahiru Pothmulla)
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  • krishantha Tuesday, 24 March 2015 04:14 PM

    Good for you JHU.you deceive.the country.

    hiran Gunawardena Tuesday, 24 March 2015 04:14 PM

    Now who is talking. As I remember you were part of minority coup to prop up this GAWAPALANAYA so why you moaning now. Dont make us laugh via DM Android App

    Dev Tuesday, 24 March 2015 04:19 PM

    It is not healthy at all to change the constitution in such a rush. Ranil should consult with all parties and general public first.

    Kapuwa Tuesday, 24 March 2015 04:21 PM

    Never Stop Champika; one day you too can become the PM

    Sundram Tuesday, 24 March 2015 04:33 PM

    It is a good sign of political chaos in Srilanka. The head of the state and the government must resign now.

    farsighted Thursday, 26 March 2015 10:55 AM

    yahapaalanayata chande deepu olamottala rela nisa api hemotama wandi gewanna wena paatai

    chux Tuesday, 24 March 2015 04:36 PM

    If JHU think every politician

    Citizen Wednesday, 25 March 2015 02:53 PM

    Just be happy that finally this executive issue promised by many but never done is getting done

    cw Wednesday, 25 March 2015 03:24 PM

    We do not care when the dogs bark in SL.

    Nimal Tuesday, 24 March 2015 05:02 PM

    FOOLISH MAN WANTING TO RETAIN THE EXECUTIVE PRESIDENCY!

    Dayawathie Wednesday, 25 March 2015 03:33 PM

    Galey paharapu balala wage then wahaganna beruwa dangalanawa. Mewa ahala pana palayan pereda.

    hamid Tuesday, 24 March 2015 05:04 PM

    now you are talking,ranil will be executive pm,my3 will be under him.

    Ranjan Wednesday, 25 March 2015 03:45 PM

    He went in search of Power and has got electrocuted!

    neilpriyath Wednesday, 25 March 2015 04:05 PM

    you are going to China with President. Please compare them with us. Of course even a prime Minister would accompany you in future.

    sam silva Wednesday, 25 March 2015 04:35 PM

    Champaka- If the JHU contests today - you will not even get a seat. In the past JHU pushed sinhala/ buddhist supremacy and capitalised on the war. When Champaka was a minister under MR- accepted all the corruption in the power ministry but took non action- nor had the guts to resign from the Govt. He was removed from the Power ministry and given a different Ministry, which he willingly took to be in power. He only changed and started being a crusader against corruption when CBK, Maithree, Ranil agreement was formed. Without Ranil and UNP sacrifice, Maithree would not have won.Champaka now taking a lot- why not resign and contest to see if you get re elected

    Mangi Tuesday, 24 March 2015 01:49 PM

    JHU has to be more conscious and vigilant about the present govt which is pleasing certain countries.

    Sana Tuesday, 24 March 2015 01:50 PM

    Now you realize.

    Pravin Tuesday, 24 March 2015 01:54 PM

    Well he thought he would be next president. So his hopes are dashed and he is sad. More than sad .. angry. poor chap. By the way, we voters expected the executive presidency to be abolished .. not curtailed.

    words Tuesday, 24 March 2015 01:57 PM

    Constitutional coup.. constitutional crisis... This is what happens when people of incredibly diverse thinking groups try to run a country together! Foresaw this happening. very sad for our country

    Appuhamy Tuesday, 24 March 2015 02:24 PM

    Dreams of becoming the President of SL one day ?

    Gamaraala Tuesday, 24 March 2015 02:26 PM

    What is better ? An executive president not responsible for anybody or a Prime Minister responsible to the Parliarment, Mr Ranawaka ?

    Gilmart Tuesday, 24 March 2015 02:33 PM

    Operation successful...But patient is dead ?

    chandima bandara Wednesday, 25 March 2015 12:22 PM

    kohomada wade anduwa ala wela neda

    sri Wednesday, 25 March 2015 01:01 PM

    Though we are not have doctorates we realized before the election that so many with different agenda will never do good to the country. We are happy that we did not vote to bring this frightening situation to the country.

    Village Man Tuesday, 24 March 2015 03:43 PM

    You only realized it now? Ayyo Partalii, we are waiting for you with our KOSSU (Broom Sticks) ready!!

    Parakum Tuesday, 24 March 2015 03:49 PM

    This man simply needs a slogan for the next elections. He was living on nationalism and then corruption. Now bankrupt and trying to protect executive presidential system thinking some day he can get elected. he is not a team player as we all know.

    Lassy Wednesday, 25 March 2015 01:12 PM

    We knew this was the case. This is an election promise.... Whether RW gets more power or not is immaterial. What matters is there will a PM and a cabinet who is answerable to the Parliament... nothing to realize now.

    don Tuesday, 24 March 2015 04:00 PM

    What did your mate Gammanpila told you, remember.

    pradeep Tuesday, 24 March 2015 04:02 PM

    19a is danger than the 18 a

    Lawry Tuesday, 24 March 2015 04:09 PM

    Did gammanpila lend his coat to you? Or did SLG come in your dreams.

    carlos Tuesday, 24 March 2015 04:13 PM

    We all know tha the JHU will never never ever get enough seats to have a say in Parliament, so the only way they will ever be in power by having one person elected as President, Thats the only reasson they dont want abolish the Presidency or Curtail its powers. Go fly a kit Champika


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