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The new Constitution would finally need to be approved by the Venerable Mahanayake Theras and the people, the United National Party (UNP) said today.

Co Cabinet Spokesman Gayantha Karunathilaka at a media briefing yesterday morning was speaking on the possible courses of action, which the Government intended to follow with regard to the new Constitution.

"Certain Opposition forces are trying to get political mileage by trying to show a non-existing monster. However, the new Constitution would be one that would be approved by the Mahanayake Theras and the common masses at the end of the day," Karunathilaka said.

He assured that no one would take away the status given to Buddhism by the Constitution.

He said both the President and the Prime Minister would meet Mahanayake Theras shortly and explain the real situation with regard to the Constitution.

MP Mujibur Rahaman, who also participated in the media briefing said even former President Mahinda Rajapaksa pledged to change the Constitution in his Presidential election manifesto in 2015.

He said former President had pledged to change the Constitution through a citizen's advisory committee.

Besides the MP said setting up of a Constitutional Assembly has been done with the approval of all 225 members of Parliament.

"The Joint Opposition and even some in our own camp shout about without knowing facts," he said. (Yohan Perera)

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  • Siripala Monday, 10 July 2017 05:25 AM

    Why sanga ??? People voted MR and your parties to make decisions and to run the country. Also to carry out the things promised in the manifesto.

    NEED FOR APPROVAL Monday, 10 July 2017 07:01 AM

    Up to now I believed in the powerful statement of Abraham Lincoln, namely - " Government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the Earth."--- I leave it to our readers, if some or all (of the people ! ) wish to modify this universally accepted quote when applicable to our pearl of the Indian (no harm intended ! ) ocean.

    BROWNIE POINTS Monday, 10 July 2017 07:06 AM

    Karunathilaka - public announcements NEED be carefully thought of before hand and the use of words should be "diplomatic" - such that ALL THE PEOPLE will not be getting a wrong message, in our 5 star democracy.

    true citizen Monday, 10 July 2017 07:15 AM

    How is the govt going to get the sangha's opinion, when they do not see eye to eye with each other or with the 'chief' prelates? Sangha will support any cause where they benefit most like the politicos. Instead educate the people on the constitutional changes and let them vote.

    iemerald Monday, 10 July 2017 10:02 AM

    WHY?IT IS THE POPULACE WHO ELECT PARLIAMENT NOT THE RELIGIOUS LEADERS. THEREFORE THERE IS NO NEED FOR THEIR APPROVAL. DOES THAT ALSO MEAN THAT EVERY LAW OR BILL PASSED NEED APPROVAL FROM THEM.

    Vernon Monday, 10 July 2017 10:08 AM

    What do you mean by Maha Nayake Theros and the People? Aren't Mahanayke Theros part of the People?

    Yes Monday, 10 July 2017 02:07 PM

    This is the way the wind blows - and it will blow away many voters.


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