Mar 20, 2018

JVP proposes “20” to abolish Executive Presidency

The JVP has decided to bring in an amendment to the constitution for the abolishment of the Executive Presidency.

It is brought in as the 20th amendment and will be presented to parliament as a as a private parliamentary proposal, JVP Leader Anura Kumara Dissanayake said yesterday (19).

MP Dissanayake meanwhile said the proposal will be tabled in Parliament only after the No Confidence Motion against Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe is tabled. Dissanayake said this addressing a press briefing held at the JVP headquarters yesterday.

Dissanayake noted that Mahinda Rajapaksa had pledged on several occasions to abolish the Executive Presidency and hoped that he and the Joint Opposition would support this proposal.

He said that as the UNP and President Maithripala Sirisena had promised to abolish the Executive Presidency, there is no reason as to why they should not support this move.

“The JVP will table the amendment after the no confidence motion is brought to parliament but we will not delay the process if the No Confidence Motion is being delayed for several months.

Some say that we are trying to bring in this amendment in order to complicate the no confidence motion, but that cannot be done. The no confidence and the amendment to the constitution are two separate processes. If a no confidence motion is being brought in, then definitely it will be given priority. Therefore, we expect to allow the no confidence motion to be brought in and then we will propose the amendment,” he further added.

 Wimal’s views on the 20th Amendment!

Meanwhile, participating in a conference yesterday (19) on the proposed 20th Amendment, National Freedom Front Leader MP Wimal Weerawansa said this amendment that is being proposed by the JVP will only serve to empower the Prime Minister further.

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