While claiming that the 20th amendment to the constitution had been drafted in an immature manner and full of mistakes, Pivithuru Hela Urumaya (PHU) leader and MP Udaya Gammanpila challenged Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) leader Anura Kumara for a public debate to point out the shortcomings of the draft.
“According to the draft, the executive Presidency would be abolished on January 09, 2020. The term of the present president will end on January 09, 2020. Hence, the next presidential election should be held on a date between November 9 and December 9, 2019,” he said in a news briefing.
“The newly elected president will have two weeks to take his oaths. It means he can assume office on December 23, 2019. The executive presidency will be abolished in 16 days after the newly elected president assumes office. Why should we waste billions of Rupees of public funds for a presidential election if the president can hold the office only for 16 days?” he asked. (Sheain Fernandopulle)
then please don't hold the Presidential elections and waste our time and money
WISE DONKEY Monday, 28 May 2018 02:06 PM
Before public debate, please settle the money you forged and took from the Australian. It is common with all politicians to side track the real issue. Daysorry Mahathaya is now busy to elect a leader for the 16 rebel MPs even after the revelation of the one million gift!
Suren Sarathkumara Monday, 28 May 2018 02:48 PM
Wrong again! The elected president doesn't have to vacate the post. He can continue without curtailed executive powers. Abolishing executive presidency doesn't mean "abolishing presidency".
Shameer Monday, 28 May 2018 02:54 PM
This peon is good for nothing.
Bala Monday, 28 May 2018 02:54 PM
This is a small defect which can be settled by adjusting the dates or adding a new clause that there would be no election for a President in the event 20A is passed. What a fuss for this from a small minded politico.
John Monday, 28 May 2018 07:19 PM
Come on....settle the Australian case first before questioning others. Office boy.....multi millionaire......politician. Super Sri Lanka
saman Tuesday, 29 May 2018 10:52 AM
Gommanpilla doesnt understand abolishing executive presidency means abolishing executive powers not the post ,its a shame we have this type of guys as our leaders .Please pay back the money you rob from Australian couple you are a shame to our country
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