National Movement for Social Justice (NMSJ) Leader Maduluwawe Sobitha Thera today urged political parties not to oppose the 19th Amendment, because it was one of the much awaited Constitutional reforms and that this opportunity would not present itself again.
“We have a message for all political parties and for every citizen in the country. This is a pivotal juncture in this country’s future, because on March 10 the 19th Amendment will be presented in Parliament.
“This is one of the main promises in the election manifesto. Ranil, Chandrika, several political parties, trade unions and university professors supported the common candidate based on the promise and assurance of abolishing the executive presidency. It should be abolished and this is the person entrusted to carry out this promise. Since it is happening now I urge parties not to oppose it because such an opportunity will never come our way again,” the Thera said.
He said parties agree on the need to abolish the executive presidency and they agree that there should be electoral reforms but they are not agreed on what the reforms should be.
“This is nothing new to the SLFP; they have encountered this issue before. Parties such as the JVP, the Sama Samaja Party, the Left Parties and even the UNP have opposed the executive presidency.
All parties are also opposed to the current electoral system and agree that a new system should be adopted. If everyone agrees then why is it so difficult to carry it out,” he said. (Jehan Gunasekara and Sanath Desmond)
Venerable Hamuduruwane,We do not need to see the PM is going to have more Executive power instead of the President. What is the use of changing Executive power from one person to another.Please make a strong demand to abolish this Bahubootha constitution and re-implement the Soulbury Constitution that we have before 1972. With that Constitution we had a more democratic rule in the country,
Nihal Amarasekera Wednesday, 08 April 2015 09:20 AM
Nothing but political expediency trying to "accelerate" or "retard" the "19th Amendment", no genuine intentions. This is the bane of Sri Lanka politics.
Patriot Wednesday, 08 April 2015 09:55 AM
My3 will abolish the executive presidency hitan, balan indapan hitan !!!
CW Wednesday, 08 April 2015 03:26 PM
Who is he trying to fool this time?
Prem Nath Wednesday, 08 April 2015 10:18 AM
True the executive presidency must go but at the same time Sri Lanka does not need an executive Premier ship,which RW is vying for.
Kali Wednesday, 08 April 2015 10:24 AM
Garuthara hamuduruwane rata gana hithala wada karamuda?
Dayawathie Friday, 10 April 2015 04:54 PM
Apey Haamuduruwaney oba thuma rawatuna neda ?.With all the due respect Rev, Thero , you were taken for a ride by a bunch of crooks. At least now please understand who is honest and who is dishonest.
Ranjan Wednesday, 08 April 2015 04:36 PM
Nobody is willing to listen to the priest. Why was he silent when many undemocratic things happened during the last 100 days.
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