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JVP supporting mainly to abolish executive presidency: Anura

21 September 2017 03:14 pm - 7     - {{hitsCtrl.values.hits}}

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Chief Opposition Whip Anura Kumara Dissanayake said today they would support the Constitution-making process based on several facts including the abolishing of the executive presidency and changing of the electoral system.

The JVP MP told Parliament that the constitution was meant to protect the social and economic policy of the country and added that they were against that policy and the constitution in general.

He said however they would support the constitution making process on the aspect of making democratic reforms.

He said they were of the opinion that a new constitution should be introduced as the present constitution had been amended 19 times mainly to ensure the power of the government in office.

He said they were participating in the constitution making solely to abolish the executive presidency which was detrimental to the country.

He said democracy could not be upheld while maintaining the executive presidency and added that it should be abolished to protect the peoples' rights and uphold democracy.

Mr. Dissanayake said the electoral system also should be changed and added that if parliamentary electoral system was to be changed, it should be done within the constitution not by amending it.

He said the constitution should ensure equal rights of all communities and added that no faction should participate in the constitution making with racial ideology.

He said national security and sovereignty should be ensured in the Constitution. (Ajith Siriwardana and Yohan Perera)

  Comments - 7

  • lkboy Thursday, 21 September 2017 06:11 PM

    It's only a dream, if politicians do anything without thinking of their power.

    Tharuka Thursday, 21 September 2017 06:47 PM

    But the majority of this country wants the Executive Presidency remain.

    AjithZ Thursday, 21 September 2017 07:25 PM

    The main reason is very simple. You know very well that you can never win it. Sour grapes.

    ceylon Thursday, 21 September 2017 07:37 PM

    constitution is useless and just a paper if not it impliment.according to constitution all have equall rights but 99% citizens dont have these rights. via DM Android App

    ANGLICAN PONYL Thursday, 21 September 2017 10:13 PM

    RED ELEPHANT speaking, please get fooled and try to think they are people Liberators

    Senewi Friday, 22 September 2017 09:04 AM

    He may be on a contract to support prime minister to gain executive powers from the president .

    peter Saturday, 23 September 2017 08:57 PM

    you give political patronage to the struggle for 'Abolish SAITM' issue,so you have right to demand it along with 'Abolish executive presidency ,why is that?


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