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President Maithripala Sirisena said yesterday that the support of all parties is necessary to enact a new Constitution which ensures a Unitary State and strengthens Parliament.

President Sirisena made this remark after opening the special session of the House held to mark 70 years of Parliamentary democracy in Sri Lanka last afternoon.

"Our aim is to strengthen Parliament while ensuring the unitary status of the country and the support of every MP belonging to all political parties is essential to fulfil it" the President said.

"Let's strive towards fulfilling our responsibility of building a secured future for those who will be born tomorrow" he added.

He recalled that Parliament was weakened by the 1978 Constitution and it was further weakened by the 18 Amendments to the Constitution. The President recalled that the present government was able to strengthen the legislature by the 19th Amendment to the Constitution. "We were able to increase powers of Parliament by repealing the 18th Amendment with the mandate of the people given to us on January 8, 2015" the President said in this regard.

The President added that leaders of the past including late Prime Ministers D.S. Senanayaje, S.W.R.D. Bandanaike, Dudley Senanayake, J.R. Jayawardene, R. Premadasa and former President Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga, late D.B. Wijetunga and former President Mahinda Rajapaksa who all served the nation for the last 70 years should be remembered when celebrating the glorious history of parliamentary democracy in the country.

Mr Sirisena who welcomed the speakers of SAARC region who had come to celebrate with Sri Lanka called for a joint effort of all south Asian countries to achieve economic development and ensuring political ties. " Let's strive towards turning our respective nations into fortunate and quality states " he said. (Yohan Perera and Ajith Siriwardana)

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  • Karigalan Wednesday, 04 October 2017 10:54 AM

    Pls solve ethnic issue and move forwardWe have to catch the missed economy bus soon

    Lord Wolfstein Wednesday, 04 October 2017 11:00 AM

    We will remember all Prime Ministers and Presidents who have served the country. Especially, we will commemorate MR who has served himself more than the country, so that something like this can never happen again.

    Indrajith Wednesday, 04 October 2017 12:45 PM

    A constitution enabling you to get a second term in office with certain powers, on the approval of the present parliament is against what you promised at the 2015 January 8th presidential elections. The country should come first before the SLFP.

    ceylon Wednesday, 04 October 2017 12:56 PM

    why need new constitutionyou cant even impliment present constitution. via DM Android App


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