Key opposition political parties lay groundwork for joint programme (Watch Report)

Key opposition political parties lay groundwork for joint programme (Watch Report)

Written by Staff Writer

10 Nov, 2014 | 8:55 pm

Key opposition political parties and several civil society organisations, laid the groundwork on Monday for a joint programme on the basis of common goals including the abolition of the Executive Presidency and the reinstatement of the 17th Amendment.

A joint media briefing was held in Pitakotte with the participation of the key stakeholders in this endeavour. The convenor of the National Movement for Social Justice, Venerable Maduluwawe Sobitha Thera, Opposition Leader Ranil Wickremesinghe, Democratic Party Leader Sarath Fonseka, and frontline leaders of several political parties, participated at this media briefing.

Several civil society groups including the University Teachers’ for a Just Society movement and the Free Media Movement, were also represented at this media briefing.

Several views were expressed at the event.

Convenor of National Movement for Social Justice, Ven. Maduluwawe Sobitha Thera; “In which country do they have a constitution that has been rejected by the country? The entire country is united in calling on the President, who has two more years in his term, to abolish the Executive Presidency and transfer executive powers to Parliament, as promised. If this government does not fulfill this demand, then at the upcoming presidential election, in order to have a common victory for the people, we will put forward a common opposition candidate acceptable to all, while maintaing the agendas of the individual political parties, and work towards the victory of the policy rather than the individual.”

He added: “ Abolishing the Executive Presidency, reinstating the 17th Amendment and changing the electoral system. We are all preparing to put forward a common candidate accepted by all, with the promise that this task will be completed in six months and that power will be transferred to Parliament. This government is the people. It consists of the Sama Samaja Party, the Communist Party and the Democratic Front. Many who raised their hands against this constitution are in the government. We invite all of them to join with us.”

Several others including leader of opposition Ranil Wickremesinghe also expressed their views at the briefing.

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