He had said that in response to a query made by the ‘Divaina’ newspaper with regard to a public statement made by President Maithripala Sirisena regarding the abolition of the Executive Presidency.
Rajapaksa said that he had discussed this matter previously and this could be a result of that discussion. He noted that while there were a few issues with regard to the abolishment of the Executive Presidential powers, these are not serious issues and could be resolved soon.
Agreement with Ranil!
Sri Lanka Mirror revealed recently that representatives of both Ranil Wickremesinghe and Mahinda Rajapaksa had met recently and held several rounds of talks regarding the abolishment of executive presidency.
We also revealed that Mahinda Rajapaksa had issued a statement on January 23 to the effect that he was agreeable to the provisions in the constitutional draft with regard to the abolishment of the executive presidency, as a result of these talks.
Issuing of this statement is seen as a significant move given the fact that with the 19th Amendment coming into effect Mahinda Rajapaksa cannot contest another Presidential election and taking into consideration the recent crisis within both the UNP and SLPP regarding the presidential candidacy.