Written by Bella Dalima
24 Mar, 2015 | 8:15 pm
The JHU has labelled the draft 19th Amendment to the constitution as a constitutional conspiracy to claim power, undertaken by a group who cannot win elections. JHU General Secretary, Patali Champika Ranawaka elaborated that this document does not state anywhere that the executive presidency would be abolished. But they have left out the important part on enacting electoral reforms and have only included the proposals on the executive presidency and the independent commissions. He added that on Monday, the Prime Minister presented another amendment. This states that the President is the Head of State only and the Head of the Executive and Commander in Chief of the Armed Forces. It states clearly that he is not the Head of Government. The clause citing the Prime Minister as the Head of the Cabinet has also not been removed. In addition to that, Section 4 states that the President must always act on the advise of the Prime Minister. He went on to note that this is an amendment intended solely to make the Prime Minister the Head of Government. It is an attempt to come into power through a constitutional conspiracy by people who cannot win power through elections.
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