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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)
 

  Comments - 14

  • Premalal Thursday, 16 May 2013 11:39 AM

    Sounds absolutely crazy. Imagine the leader of the party having to give up politics after winning the elections? I think its better that this lot slowly disappears from politics and fresh thinking evolves to take this country forward.

    damsen Thursday, 16 May 2013 11:44 AM

    Earlier they talked about abolition o of EP.. Now they changed their tone for curtailment of powers of EP. I think they also want to give .same .medicine in a different bottle.Can we believe in what politicians say to the public before coming into power

    george Thursday, 16 May 2013 11:45 AM

    Well said.
    The UNP Ponneya can't wait to get his paws on the money and other goodies but he will have to wait a long time. All these ba****ds are the same.

    Jay Thursday, 16 May 2013 11:48 AM

    Ranil is still dreaming of becoming execitive president. Abolition of the presidency is the only demand on which a broad-based opposition could be built. RW cannot understand this.

    Nadi Karunaratne Friday, 17 May 2013 03:20 AM

    A party that has become intellectually enfeebled and void of dignity. It has failed the people with its incompetence and weakness.

    GC Thursday, 16 May 2013 12:06 PM

    Agree. How do they come up with a new consitution in such a short time? The changes in position like this does not build confidence and credibility with the discerning public, I guess.

    saman Thursday, 16 May 2013 12:16 PM

    Executive presidency: it is like the ring of power that no human being can resist.

    Cyril Alwis Thursday, 16 May 2013 12:25 PM

    Best way is to abolish presidency. This is only a wastage of tax payers money. The Parliament must be above all.

    Cyril

    cw Thursday, 16 May 2013 12:42 PM

    ha ha, what do the JVP comrades say now? including SF

    Labby Thursday, 16 May 2013 12:48 PM

    Period of the presidency is of utmost importance, unlike what we have now.

    sarath Thursday, 16 May 2013 12:50 PM

    yes we know that UNP will never go for abolition of Presidential system as it was a brain child of UNP.
    now my question is where SF is going to stand and what he has got to say.
    what ever they say or do MR has a clear vision and clear path to go for development of SL.

    sss Thursday, 16 May 2013 11:23 AM

    Clueless public is taken for the ride every election while those who in the two parties take turns at plundering their wealth..

    Chewing Gum Friday, 17 May 2013 09:34 AM

    Please bring back the Donoughmore Constitution. It was runied by the UNP.

    Chewing Gum Friday, 17 May 2013 09:35 AM

    First Crawl then Walk.


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