Written by Tharushan Fernando
17 Jan, 2016 | 9:34 pm
Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe made a special statement at Temple Trees on Sunday on constitutional reforms, noting that the programme being implemented requires not only two thirds but also the co-operation from a referendum of the entire nation
“One of the requests that Sobitha Thera made in his final meeting with the President and I, following the general elections, is that we establish a constitutional assembly,” he said
He went on to further note that the president made a statement on this on the day that Sobitha Thera passed away, and now it is being implemented
He added that following the presentation of these reforms, the Sri Lanka Freedom Party submitted amendments while the United National Party said that they have no proposals, and several other parties had noted that they wish to submit proposals.
We are ready for amendments, he said, adding that if two thirds are prepared to do this, then it can be put to cabinet but at present a major campaign is being run through the media, claiming that this cannot be done.
He also added the Former Minister G.L. Peiris has become the face of this campaign and some say that the unitary nature of the state and the position of Buddhism will be lost. He further noted that there needs to be a two thirds majority for this and it has not been discussed and there is no notion to do away with the unitary nature of the country
“Who is carrying out this campaign?” questioned the PM. “It is the people that wanted to bomb the Temple of the Tooth Relic and the people who brought major casinos to the country.”
“I am a Buddhist, I am Sinhalese and I want to unite the country,” he said, further remarking that for the first time in the world, social media is being used as a tool in amending the constitution and to draft a constitution.
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