Written by Staff Writer
19 Apr, 2015 | 9:33 pm
At the party leaders meeting held under the auspices of President Maithripala Sirisena on Sunday morning, an agreement was reached on the draft 19th Amendment to the Constitution.
At the meeting, party leaders including leaders of the Sri Lanka Freedom Party directed the attention of the president towards electoral reforms.
President Maithripala Sirisena had made a pledge to party leaders that parliament will only be dissolved after electoral reforms are presented and adopted.
Chairman of Jathika Hela Urumaya Ven. Athuraliye Rathana Thera notes that the meeting was about the 19th Amendment to the Constitution, accordingly all agreed to adopt it, apart from the sections of the amendment that require a referendum and the section which was directed to the supreme court.
General Secretary of JVP Tilvin Silva says that if their aim is to abolish the Executive Presidency, then it will not happen through the 19th amendment to the constitution. He went onto say that they believe that even if the Executive Presidency cannot be fully abolished some powers of the Executive Presidency can be curtailed through this, therefore that too is some sort of victory.
Meanwhile, Parliamentary Group Leader of TNA R. Sampanthan points out that since the 19th Amendment to the Constitution is all about the powers of the Executive Presidency, that it is not an amendment which brings about a political solution to the national problem. He stated that it is with the view that that there needs to be some change in the way that this country should move forward
Ven. Maduluwawe Sobitha Thera noted that religious leaders and politicians will gather before Fort Railway Station on Monday afternoon and force all public representatives who represent parliament to render their support to adopting the the 19th Amendment to the Constitution.
Meanwhile, views were expressed about the 19th Amendment to the constitution on the Satana political debate programme telecast on SirasaTV on Saturday night.
MP Faizer Mustapha noted that they need to revisit the Republican Constitution of 1972. That was a nominal presidency. But the content of the 19th Amendment is that there must be a President elected by the people. He went on to say that an agreement was reached that the President’s powers must be curtailed.
Meanwhile, Field Marshal Sarath Fonseka says the 19th Amendment will not be a solitary solution to all problems faced in the country.
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