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20A at this point may cause major problems: Wijeyadasa

11 June 2018 06:38 pm - 5     - {{hitsCtrl.values.hits}}


Higher Education and Cultural Affairs Minister Wijeyadasa Rajapakshe today said the presenting of the 20th Amendment to the Constitution on abolishing the executive presidency at a time such as this could pose a major problem.

After a visit to the Colombo Arts Gallery, he told the media that if the executive presidency was abolished at a time when even the local government bodies were unstable, the country would end up in anarchy.

“There is a major issue with the 20A. This is not a personal or a party political issue, but an issue which effects the country. The executive presidency the Proportional Representation (PR) system were introduced together. There would not be major repercussions if the executive presidency was abolished while the PR system remained unchanged. However, the electoral system has been changed today resulting in ‘hung’ local government bodies. The provincial council electoral system had also been amended,” he said.

The minister said when all three levels of governance in the country including the Parliamentary system was changed resulting in ‘hung’ governing bodies, the country would become a ‘Somalia’ in the absence of an executive presidency.

“Before making amendments, the repercussions should be properly evaluated,” he said.(Lahiru Pothmulla)


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  Comments - 5

  • Unchikun Monday, 11 June 2018 06:57 PM

    Mr. Minister. I was born when we had a executive cabinet and a namesake Governor General. The country was stable and no big time rogues like what we have in parliament today. I voted for MS to abolish the executive presidency. Not to breed a lot of rogues like we have today.

    Willy Monday, 11 June 2018 06:59 PM

    Very correct Few unpers understand this or pretend they understand the issue

    damithw Monday, 11 June 2018 07:43 PM

    Man Eying for the presidency

    Dhammika Monday, 11 June 2018 09:12 PM

    All todays Politicians are eyeing to make MONEY ! . DISGRACEFULL ! On their final day on earth NONE can be proud to think they have done nothing for their COUNTRY ! .

    Lord Wolfstein Tuesday, 12 June 2018 12:14 PM

    He starts again his contra government speeches

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