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The main opposition United National Party (UNP) said yesterday it was considering a change in its stance on power devolution and instead opt for a new system of devolution depending on the will of the people. However, it said as of now it would stick to its policy on power devolution based on the 13th Amendment to the Constitution.

UNP General Secretary Tissa Attanayake told a news conference that his party would listen to the views expressed by the people and propose a system of devolution accordingly.

“We will leave this matter to the people,” he said.

He said the UNP would include a system of power devolution in the party’s new constitution based on the views expressed by the people.

Mr. Attanayake said the party was also flexible on the scraping of the executive presidency.

He said the party was looking at these options including a Westminster System proposed by Venerable Maduluwawe Sobitha Thera, an executive body headed by a Prime Minister directly elected by the people or a depoliticized executive presidency.

He said the party would go public with its Constitution on May 29 and then call for written and oral suggestions from individual parties and civil society groups.

Mr. Attanayake said the UNP would present the final draft of the proposed Constitution in six months’ time. (Yohan Perera)

  Comments - 5

  • Premalal Wednesday, 22 May 2013 02:02 AM

    What are you talking about? Who are the people who will decide on this? Is it the whole country or the Tamil people. In either case the result will be a foregone conclusion. If you put the question to the whole country it will be voted out and if you put it only to the Tamil people they will vote it in. So please don't play dumb.

    Nadi Karunaratne Wednesday, 22 May 2013 02:03 AM

    We want leadership not prevarication and navel gazing. Just when the people need dynamism and strength they get an enfeebled opposition unfit for purpose.

    Amila. G Wednesday, 22 May 2013 02:14 AM

    When you can not come to Power, you are talking about devolution.Wishfull thinking.

    patum Wednesday, 22 May 2013 09:20 AM

    Every day he make some joke for the people to laugh.

    Danny Wednesday, 22 May 2013 09:27 AM

    Why you fail to see the logic? the New constitution (if at all) should be accepted by more than 50% of the population...

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