JVP submits motion to abolish executive presidency

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  • UNP, TNA and SLMC expressed their support for the motion

 

LATE-CITY-MB_1-2By Ajith Siriwardana and Yohan Perera  

The Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) yesterday moved an adjournment motion to abolish the executive presidency claiming that a majority of the people of the country were in favour of doing so.  

JVP MP Nalinda Jayatissa moved the adjournment motion, while JVP MP Vijitha Herath seconded it.   


MP Herath said it was the executive presidency which led the country into instability during the last 50 days and added that it provided ample opportunity for the people to realize the danger of the executive presidency.  


He said all the presidents in the past had promised to abolish the executive presidency since it was introduced and urged everyone to get together and pass 20A disregarding whoever brought it.  


“Don’t defeat it just because it was brought by the JVP. This is for the benefit of all of us. Let us pass this two-thirds majority and go for a referendum for peoples’ approval,” he said.  


He said President Maithripala Sirisena, who promised to abolish executive presidency was now talking about scrapping provisions of the 19th Amendment which scrapped extreme powers of the presidency.  


MP Vijitha Herath, who seconded it, said even former president Mahinda Rajapaksa would be able to become the Prime Minister if he supported the 20A as the present Constitution had no provisions for him to become the President.  
Speaking during the debate UNP MP Malik Samarawickrema said the UNP would support the motion and urged other parliamentarians to join them to do so. |Mr. Samarawickrama said the happenings of last 51 days have made it clear that concentrating of power in one office is a recipe of disaster.” bolishing Executive Presidency is a corner stone of the policy of UNF manifesto of 2015. Late Venerable Maduluwawe Sobitha Thera was also of the opinion that Executive Presidency would be abolished. It is time we kept this promise,” he said.   


The Tamil National Alliance (TNA) and the Sri Lanka Muslim Congress (SLMC) too expressed their support for the motion.   

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