Weerawansa explains stance on new constitution to Chief Prelates

Weerawansa explains stance on new constitution to Chief Prelates

Weerawansa explains stance on new constitution to Chief Prelates

Written by Staff Writer

13 Sep, 2016 | 10:00 pm

The Chief Prelate of the Malwathu Chapter , Most Venerable Thibatuwawe Sri Sumangala Thero says that both the president and prime minister had assured that there will be no negative impact on the country through the proposed new constitution.

Leader of the National Freedom Front Wimal Weerawansa called on the chief prelates today to explain his stance on the proposed new constitution.

Thero
“The constitution has not been drafted yet.”

Wimal Weerawansa

“Mahanayaka Thera, it is being prepared. In truth, I believe the constitution has been drafted separately”.

Thero
“Public views were also sought, weren’t they?”

Wimal Weerawansa
“No. The Lal Wijenayake committee gathered public views. There are even recommendations that the priority given to Buddhism should be removed”.

Thero
“The President has stated directly that those articles will remain”.

Wimal
” I too agree that it will not be an easy task to deprive Buddhism of its priority.However, it would be dangerous if they create fear about this among us and do what is needed for secession”.

Thero
“I don’t think that such a thing will be done. I doubt it”

Wimal Weerawansa
“No. That is what it is”.

Thero
“The President and Prime Minister have stated this bluntly a number of times”.

Wimal Weerawansa
“That is what they have said Mahanayaka Thera. This is being done in accordance with the agreement reached in Geneva. It was there that talk of a new constitution commenced. They are looking into war crimes and they need to establish a special court”.

Thero
“But this will not trouble them will it? The military has not been accused of war crimes”.

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