Video: UNP says no abolishing of Executive Presidency

The UNP said today that they would present a draft Constitution which includes an Executive President, although the UNP previously were vehemently campaigning for the abolition of the Executive Presidency.

Responding to a question raised by the media at a news conference held to introduce a draft Constitution UNP MP Wijeydasa Rajapkshe said that in the proposed draft Constitution of the UNP, the executive presidency would feature.

“It will not be an only ceremonial president unlike in some countries. The president will also be liable and responsible when making decisions. However, the executive power vested on present presidency will be curtailed,” he said.

The UNP proposed draft Constitution is to present to the public in order to seek public opinion and ideas on May 29 after having discussion with party leaders in the Parliament regarding the draft.

According to the proposed draft Constitution a person would have to end his\her political career and be independent once elected as the president and would not be able to hold any Cabinet portfolios.

The Prime Minister and the Cabinet would take a major part when making political decisions according to the draft Constitution. (Lahiru Pothmulla)

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