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Samagi Jana Balawegaya (SJB) is for a system which has checks and balances in place, Leader of Opposition Sajith Premadasa told Parliament yesterday.

Mr. Premadasa who was speaking during the debate on the 20th Amendment in the House said his party would propose a governing system where powers are shared by both the President and the Prime Minister.

“We don’t want a system which makes the President a scarecrow while we also reject a system which makes the Prime Minister a peon,” Mr. Premadasa said.

“We propose a tri-party system where there is an Executive President, Prime Minister and the Judiciary” he said.

Mr. Premadasa proposed that the Constitution should provide provisions to appoint an independent national security council. He said such a council could prevent anyone from playing around with the country’s security.

Also he said, what the Government should focus on is to bring in a new Health Act and also a new Quarantine Act, given today’s situation, instead of amending the Constitution.

“Government should also listen to monks such as Venerable Murutthetuwe Ananda Thera and Venerable Elle Gunawansa Thera who were close associates of my father as well,” he said. (Yohan Perera and Ajith Siriwardana)

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  • Hari M Friday, 23 October 2020 05:15 AM

    First introduce checks and balances among your Party. Kick those out, who defied your party line and voted for 20A. People will respect you if you walk the talk.

    ravin Friday, 23 October 2020 06:26 AM

    Name of your party and acts of its members to be balanced before any nonsense talk. Put your house in order before you try to put country in order.

    Milinda Friday, 23 October 2020 06:38 AM

    First of all permit the Auditor General to carry out a comprehensive audit on the performance of the Housing Ministry from 2015 to 2019. Secondly get the auditor general to do an audit on the Cultural Fund. Once the 2 audit reports are made public you can talk about checks and balances. The end result will be your gess is good as mine.

    Andy Friday, 23 October 2020 07:59 AM

    First of all, CHECK the GAME!!!

    Samson Friday, 23 October 2020 08:56 AM

    You have failed to check the balances in your party. So you go or get rid of those who oppose the party decisions.

    Buddhist Friday, 23 October 2020 04:32 PM

    Prove yourself by kicking out all those SJB voted for 20A


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