SLFP against new Constitution, agrees only to amendments : Isura

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By Darshana Sanjeewa  

The Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) was not only against the report of the Constitutional Steering Committee, it would also reject any Constitutional amendments if SLFP proposals were not taken into consideration, WP Chief Minister Isura Devapriya said yesterday.   

 

 

We were against the merger of two provincials councils

 

 

dgrfcHe reiterated that the SLFP was anyway against a new Constitution and would only agree to bring in the amendments to the Constitution.   


“We will act against a new Constitution if it brings proposals to abolish the executive president system. The executive powers of the President should not be curtailed furthermore because it had already been reduced,” Chief Minister Devapriya told a press briefing.   He said the SLFP had made some proposals to the Interim report and their stance on the executive presidential system would not be changed.  


He said the SLFP could only agree with some of the proposals included in the report and was against the rest of the proposals.    “We were against the merger of two provincials councils. We can’t agree to the proposal that the Chief ministers meeting should be held under the patronage of the Prime Minister. 

 

We will act against a new Constitution if it brings proposals to abolish the executive president system


The meeting should be held under the patronage of the executive president of the country,’ he said.  


He said a Constitution that can be agreed to by all parties should be created.   Commenting on the upcoming local government elections, he said it is good if the elections could be held in January.   “But I think there might be a problem to hold the elections in January because of errors in the election system. Only the Election Commissioner can decide the date,” he said.   

 


 

 

New Constitution after convincing Maha Sangha and stakeholders: Dayasiri

 

By Sandun A Jayasekera

Cabinet spokesman, Sports Minister Dayasiri Jayasekara yesterday said the government would bring a new Constitution after convincing the Maha Sangha, the public and all other stakeholders.

 

 

The draft of proposals is not the final draft

 

 

dtgrdfAddressing the weekly cabinet news briefing yesterday, Minister Jayasekara said the idea of a new Constitution had been floated since the passing of the 1978 Constitution under the J.R. Jayewardene regime with demands for a new electoral system and to abolish the Executive Presidency and the necessity to find a sustainable solution to the North-East issue.   Presidents Chandrika Kumaratunga, Mahinda Rajapaksa and incumbent President Maithripala Sirisena have pledged to bring a new Constitution and only President Sirisena has taken a concrete step to stand with the pledge given during his election campaign, he added.   Minister Jayasekara said not only President Sirisena but Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, the UPFA and the UNP have pledged the same at the August 2015 general election.  


“The draft of proposals we have before us is not the final draft of the new Constitution. This is a combination of proposals and ideas collected by the Lal Wijenayaka Committee that visited all 25 districts to obtain ideas of the people and also the proposals of the six Parliamentary sub committees on Constitutional reforms. Therefore, this is not the final draft or something written on a stone. All proposals, suggestions and ideas are open for a public discussion, debate and change. The government wants a wide public debate on the Constitutional reform with the participation of all stake holders and come to a consensus before the final draft. Even the final draft is open for a wide debate, amendments and new suggestions,” Minister Jayasekara stressed. 

 

 

The draft of proposals we have before us is not the final draft of the new Constitution. This is a the proposals and ideas collected by the Lal Wijenayaka Committee