Fmr. president voices his opinion on new constitutional amendment

Fmr. president voices his opinion on new constitutional amendment

Fmr. president voices his opinion on new constitutional amendment

Written by Tharushan Fernando

14 Jan, 2016 | 8:37 am

Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa says that he will extend his fullest support towards the new constitutional amendment.

He noted that 620,000 people of the country voted in favour of abolishing the executive presidency. The president reiterated thus, at the cremation ceremony of the late Maduluwawe Sobitha Thero.

“We will give our utmost support towards this in order to change the constitution,” he said

He added that the executive presidency was brought by J.R. Jayewardene and now one of his relatives have joined the efforts to make amendments to it, and that therefore it can be thought of as a good move

“I don’t think we have taken an opposing stand to abolish the executive presidency,” he said, adding that if the procedure employed to amend this is right then there would not be a problem, because the amendment was then made during the tenure of J.R. Jayewardene to accommodate the needs to the government. Therefore, the reforms that need to made should also adhere with the present government’s needs, rather than taking the shorter cut to achieve its goals.

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