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The Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) is in favour of constitutional proposals which do not require the people's approval at a referendum, Party spokesman and State Minister Dilan Perera said yesterday.

He said President Maitripala Sirisena's mandate was to carry out changes which did not need a referendum because holding a referendum could be risky given the trend in some other countries where governments had been defeated.

“See what happened in Italy, Colombia and Britain where the people did not vote on the question asked but used it as an opportunity to protest against those governments,” the state minister said and added that it would be best to avoid a referendum.

“We need a referendum for the executive presidency to be abolished,” he asked. "Six months I said that President Sirisena would be the next presidential candidate." (Kelum Bandara)

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  • Manabandu Friday, 13 January 2017 05:39 PM

    These are the guys entrusted with our democracy. What a joke, take away our rights to ensure their survival.It is fascism not democracy in practice.

    Jans Friday, 13 January 2017 06:11 PM

    Defeated DP its disgrace to tell REFERENDUM is not required via DM Android App

    Ari Friday, 13 January 2017 06:47 PM

    So denying the Democratic right of the people on such an important matter for future generations is good governance?

    ceylon Friday, 13 January 2017 06:50 PM

    so many elections but candidates are same corrupt people. via DM Android App

    Avidenna Friday, 13 January 2017 07:04 PM

    People must decide by a referendum .as those people the 160 plus people rejects who are raising hands for anything to keep their portfolios car rentals permits has no right to decide the future of the nation. via DM Android App

    Ganesha Friday, 13 January 2017 08:11 PM

    If the UNP and SLFP honestly explain to the people of the country including TNA SLMC and JVP ,certainly people will not oppose provided fluent speakers in Sinhala language from TNA . People should be educated convincingly about their approval as to why that is imperative.So just finding lame excuses are detrimental to the country and it's people.

    usaguy Friday, 13 January 2017 09:51 AM

    this shows you are afraid to go before the people. you came from the back door and know very well that people will not support any nonsense. via DM Android App

    Sangaralingham Friday, 13 January 2017 10:05 AM

    Right to a referendum by for any legal modification at times needed approval of the society guidelines determined by the country,s legal and constitution.however the country with so much views socially politically race religion the matter of public option will be so varied opinion of the public will not be relevant as it often enter to petty political argument highly. Opinionated political chaos

    Senewi Friday, 13 January 2017 10:25 AM

    Making a federal constitution is illegal without a referendum

    BuffaloaCitizen Friday, 13 January 2017 12:22 PM

    Only political cowards with ulterior motives are the ones who are afraid of going in for a referendum of the people. The people of this country are well knowledgeable about what the north and the Tamils need to be given. It is the politicians who have been playing on race and religion for their own political survival. The referendum will clearly show that.

    Shelly. Friday, 13 January 2017 01:16 PM

    This lot are at a loss to conclude that the country is first. Our party and their party are the only thing they live with. via DM Android App

    Madiya Friday, 13 January 2017 02:05 PM

    These guys on the fence dread going to the people as they know their fate.

    NuttyNutter Friday, 13 January 2017 02:11 PM

    Referendum is a must as people are sensible than our politicians. If something accepted and sealed by the people, the politicians will be robbed a chance of doing politics over it in the way they did for the last 69 years.. if politicians agree something with 2/3 they will agree again to remove it in the years to come and put the country back in aware one again.


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