We cannot change this like changing a pillow for a headache: President

We cannot change this like changing a pillow for a headache: President

Written by Bella Dalima

29 Nov, 2014 | 10:01 pm

Speaking in Colombo on Friday, President Mahinda Rajapaksa explained the ways in which the Executive Presidency could be abolished

The President shared the following views:

[quote]The issue is not only about abolishing the Executive Presidency. If the Executive Presidency is the only reason to put me out, and to do it in apparently 100 days, it is a rather astonishing fact; if the constitution could be changed within this time frame, You cannot do that. You need a two thirds majority. Amending a constitution is not something that you can do out of will. The constitution was changed by Madam Bandaranaike and Colvin R. de Silva after two years of discussions in Parliament . The 13th Amendment was introduced to the country within 24 hours, despite much opposition from the clergy and the entire nation. Because of this, we are in trouble, even today. So, we cannot change this like changing a pillow for a headache.[/quote]

He added;

[quote]A Parliamentary Select Committee has been appointed. So, now this is a the duty of the Parliament. They must all, together sit in Parliament, discuss this matter and come to a solution for this. When abolishing an amendment from one side, we also have to find answers to the results of that, from the other side. Whether we keep the 13th Amendment and abolish the executive presidency or make changes to it and abolish the executive presidency? or change the parliamentary electoral system? It is the duty of the Parliament to discuss this matter and come to a solution.[/quote]

The ceremony was held at the Nelum Pokuna Mahinda Rajapaksa Theatre to hand over scrolls to gazetted sacred city areas.

 

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