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It is ideal if we can simultaneously abolish the executive presidency and adopt a new electoral system but at the moment we should prioritise the enactment of 19th Amendment, National Movement for Social Justice Leader Ven.Maduluwawe SobithaThera said today.
 
He told a joint media conference all so attended by the People’s Movement for Noble Governance, an organization led by some members of the Catholic clergy that it would have beenwonderful if both these could be done together, but President Maithripala Sirisena never pledged to reform the executive presidency and the electoral system together.
 
Ven.Sobitha Thera said it would be better and timely to enact the 19th Amendment to the Constitution this week as planned and pointed out that the people would be greatly disappointed if the available opportunity was not made use.

“To delay enacting this vital piece of legislation will be a dangerous move because it willallow the incumbent president to use his executive powers while we will be in more troubleif the former president decides to contest the elections again,” he warned.
 
The Thera said the 19th Amendment could be a temporary measure while a new constitution was prepared by converting the Parliament into a constitutional council after the general election.

He said there was no need for a snap election because the present Parliament could continue till April 2016.

The Thera said the decision to dissolve the House after April 23 was taken so that MPs could enjoy their pension benefits and underscored the fact that the MPs could enact the 19th Amendment and enjoy their pensions as well.

“You can enjoy your pension benefitsbut fulfilthe aspirations of the people first,” he told the MPs. (Yohan Perera and Sanath Desmond)



 

Video by Sanath Desmond










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  • Daya Silva Monday, 20 April 2015 07:34 AM

    Well said Hamuduruwane.Very sensible and plausible, analysis. We greatly respect Rev your clear vision which the majority of the people of Sri Lanka wish to accomplish. We earnestly hope our parliamentarian understand this larger interest of the country and people. We join with you to appeal for all MPS. Please move away from personnel agenda. As Sobitha thero said If not agreed/ consented unfortunately, this golden opportunity will be lost for ever.

    Ranjith Monday, 20 April 2015 07:49 AM

    This Hon. Monk think he is the one who got Yahapalanaya candidate to win. It is the LTTE dravidians

    Yahapalan Monday, 20 April 2015 08:07 AM

    Suggest We have a referendum together ( at the same time) with the parlimentry election to change the constitution to make the PM the executive head of state. Let Democracy prevail ... i.e. MR and Ranil battle it out.

    DJ Monday, 20 April 2015 09:09 AM

    All u needed was to get the president answerable to parliament and be below the law, what a piece of hogwash is taking place by these politicians most of whom have zero morals to even sit in parliament

    WELAY-WHITE-WATER Monday, 20 April 2015 01:10 PM

    Good ideas but dissolve out of order parliament without delay after enacting 19A

    acs Monday, 20 April 2015 01:21 PM

    Can u prove it?


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