Topic of constitutional reform taken up for debate in parliament

Topic of constitutional reform taken up for debate in parliament

Topic of constitutional reform taken up for debate in parliament

Written by Tharushan Fernando

12 Jan, 2016 | 9:31 pm

Formulation of a new constitution was taken up for debate in parliament.

Minister of Technology, Technical Education and Employment, Susil Premajayantha:

His Excellency Maithripala Sirisena presented a manifesto at the presidential election and the main point in this document was the abolition of the executive presidency. Now the 19th Amendment has been adopted in line with the Supreme Court’s determination and institutions that uphold the Rule of Law have been established.

In order to go further beyond it is the image of the executive presidency that must be changed and when changing the image of the executive presidency in the constitution, it is imperative that there is change in the electoral system as well. The mandate that was received must not be forgotten, according to which the primary responsibility is to change the image of the executive presidency and the constitution and the electoral system. This is why we have joined the coalition government. 

Chief Opposition Whip, Anura Kumara Dissanayake:

A political movement is seen where; when they were unable to take the seat of the executive, they used various strategies to seat someone else there and when that did not work, they came to the stance that the executive presidency must be abolished.

This process must be transformed into one which gives fair representation to all parties and to all MPs. 

We are in agreement with this and we think that this proposal should be amended accordingly. If they do not agree to these amendments, there is another system where the government drafts a constitution and presents it to parliament and views and ideas are expressed on it.

We cannot become part of a structure where we cannot fairly put forward our views and ideas, then take the responsibility for it and be bound by it. If it is a process where the government suppresses everything, there will be no support towards it.

Minister of Megapolice and Western Development Patali Champika Ranawaka:

A notable feature of this government of good governance is that a proposal and several amendments have been proposed for it and all of this will be considered. The proposal will be prepared in a manner that represents everyone’s ideas, and a procedure must be established and a constitution must be drafted with the agreement of the absolute majority. If anyone is saying that there are attempts to bulldoze this using power or that it is being presented as a bill that will be adopted, it must be noted that there is no need to do so.

The experiences that have been learnt through history must be utilised and a procedure must be established alongside a dialogue to create consensus among the absolute majority: a national consensus.

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