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Glad President fathomed 19A an utter mess: MR

24 June 2019 02:33 pm - 10     - {{hitsCtrl.values.hits}}

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It is great that President Maithripala Sirisena has finally realised the 19th Amendment to the Constitution is a mess, Opposition Leader Mahinda Rajapaksa said today.

Responding to the President's remarks that both the 18th and 19th constitutional amendments should be repealed, he said 18A was never an issue.

“The President was critical of both these constitutional amendments. However, the 18th Amendment is not an issue. The President too contributed to it by voting in favour. The 19th Amendment was brought in by his government. Nevertheless, it is a good thing that he has realised, after the lapse of four and a half years, that it is a mess. The country is in disarray owing to 19A,” he told journalists after visiting Ven. Kotugoda Dhammawasa Thera at Dharmapalarama Vihara in Dehiwala.

When asked about the nature of the Constitution or amendments required by the country at the moment, he said Sri Lanka needed constitutional amendments that would foster national development and not lead to conflicts within governments.

On a different note, he said the opposition would back the no-confidence motion brought against the government by the Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP). “We will support any no-confidence motion brought against the government,” he said. (Lahiru Pothmulla)

 

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  Comments - 10

  • Dee Monday, 24 June 2019 04:07 PM

    It is no good because it prevents people like you forcing way back into power. Nothing else.

    Sumal Monday, 24 June 2019 04:09 PM

    Even your son Namal and Brother Basil voted for the 19th amendment!!

    Anmanpan Monday, 24 June 2019 04:23 PM

    Hello Uncle! Nothing is a mess until one makes it a mess. Give a 2 year old a can of paint and a brush and leave him alone, you will get my point.

    Sarath Monday, 24 June 2019 04:28 PM

    18A is a dictatorial amendment. 19A is brilliant because it removed dictatorial powers. That is why both dictators MR and new dictator MS don't like it

    Voter Monday, 24 June 2019 04:36 PM

    All are talking not in the interest of the country but in their own interests.

    mackie noohuthambi Monday, 24 June 2019 05:25 PM

    we have elected a president who should be in angoda prison. he acted against the constituiton by appointing rajapakse as prime minister and bowed to the court order against his action, and now he is telling he wants a president full of power which rajapakse was enjoying for two terms of presidency,now rajapakse is clapping his hands with high sound what has our president utterred. only three or four month before his ouster as president by the people of sri lanka.

    Palitha Monday, 24 June 2019 06:31 PM

    19A is good amended to the constitution but not 18A MS is off his head doesn't know what his talking

    Venom Monday, 24 June 2019 06:54 PM

    No doubt goaded by MR!!!

    johan Monday, 24 June 2019 07:01 PM

    Your talks are bull shit

    CRG Monday, 24 June 2019 07:17 PM

    Mahinda thinks all of us are fools


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