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SLFP wants political reforms, executive powers pruned concurrently

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Opposition Leader Nimal Siripala de Silva said today the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) would oppose any form of ‘urgent’ parliament Bill to curtail powers of the executive presidency and said the amendments to the executive presidency and electoral reforms should introduced simultaneously.


“This is the most appropriate time to introduce electoral reforms and amendments to the executive presidency and we will support them if introduced simultaneously. But it is learnt that the United National Party (UNP) is hoping to present a Bill in parliament to amend executive powers. We will oppose such a move,” he told a news conference.


He said the Elections Commissioner had informed political party leaders on Monday that he could expedite and conclude amendments to the electoral system within 90 days.


“The Government can declare elections on the very next day no sooner the new system was implemented,” Mr. de Silva said. (Lahiru Pothmulla)
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  • abay Friday, 13 March 2015 06:05 AM

    Are you the Opposition Leader.You are the Opposition Leader elected by MY 3.

    Naked Eye Thursday, 12 March 2015 06:22 AM

    UNP cannot have its own way. President won the election to bring in vital changes including elctoral reforms. Hundred day time table is incidental.What is important is the fundamental changes to bring in Yahapalanaya and establish real democracy distorted and at present because of the PR system.You cannot prune the powers of President and transfer power to PM and leave the other important aspect of the twin issues unattended. If UNP is not willing to do this the only way out is for the President to call upon the party having a majority of seats to form a government and do this.It is true that UNP stood behind the President at the elections,this is precisely why President made RW the Primeminister.But this does not mean that President agreed to abandoned an important part of the reform package which people voted for. We appeal to JVP which is doing a yoman service at present to understand this position. Country will never get this opportunity. UNFA please donot yield.

    sarath Thursday, 12 March 2015 06:25 AM

    1978 constitution itself was a hasty legislation which was drafted in camera and passed adopted without any discussion and deliberation. The framers them self made many adjustments to meet their needs. Now they talk about latest reforms that Presidential powers shall be pruned. let us know what powers you are going to cut off and what shall retained. The hasty amendments may lead to much chaos and uncertainty. Please do it carefully without doing tests. for me the known devil is far better than the unknown angle

    Kumara Dharmarathne Thursday, 12 March 2015 09:20 AM

    Sir, you are doing a good job of work. Hope, you will continue to be helping the country for tangible development.

    Bala Thursday, 12 March 2015 10:00 AM

    Yes both essential. UNP wants only a debilitated President by pruning his powers but electorate wants to change representation in Parliament also.

    simple Mind Thursday, 12 March 2015 10:15 AM

    Yes this is a good move. These should be done concurrently.


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