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Abolishing Exec Presidency not that simple
Published Date: 28/04/2018 (Saturday)

By Ranmini Gunasekara

Minister of Transport and Civil Aviation, Nimal Siripala de Silva said yesterday (27), the Sri Lanka Freedom Party cannot do whatever the Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) wanted, especially with regard to abolishing the Executive Presidency.


“We haven’t seen the 20th Amendment to the Constitution to support it. We can’t just do whatever the JVP wants. The powers of the Executive Presidency are vested in many areas of the Constitution, and therefore you cannot simply abolish it. If they do abolish it, they’ll have to bring in at least another 2,000 provisions in its place.”


He added, the JVP has never won an election and do not have the development of the country at heart. “They just want to dismantle the order and create chaos in the country,” he added.


Contrarily however, President Maithripala Sirisena speaking at the funeral of the late Maduluwawe Sobhitha Thera vowed that he would do everything in his capacity to abolish the Executive Presidency.  

Source: Ceylon Today

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