General election to be held two months after presidential election

General election to be held two months after presidential election

General election to be held two months after presidential election

Written by Staff Writer

26 Jun, 2019 | 8:46 pm

Colombo (News1st) – President Maithripala Sirisena said today that he is against SOFA and agreements that would allow US forces to arrive here in the country. He expressed these views during a meeting with the heads of media institutions at the President’s house this morning (June 26). The president said that his objection towards agreements that would allow US forces to arrive in the country was raised at the cabinet meeting as well.

Speaking on the East Container Terminal of the Colombo Port the head of state noted that he rejected the initial agreement for the development of the terminal as it did not favour Sri Lanka. He added that as a result of his intervention a deal which ensures that 51% of the shares of the terminal belong to Sri Lanka was reached. The President also explained that according to this agreement India would have a 15% stake while Japan would have a 34% stake.

The President also said that the 19th amendment to the constitution should be abolished and added that the country will not be able to move forward if it is not abolished. President Sirisena noted that the 19th amendment did not being about the results envisioned by those who drafted it and that it gave rise to a situation where two drivers were fighting to control the direction in which the country heads. He added that it would be best if the 19th amendment could be abolished before the presidential election.

He added that the 19th amendment was drafted by individuals like Jayampathy Wickramaratne, M.A. Sumanthiran and other NGO personalities who want to destroy the country. President Sirisena stated that if he had known this from the beginning, he would not have supported the 19th amendment. The President categorized the 19th amendment as a political conspiracy.

President Sirisena added, the rumors regarding a public referendum are false and said that a general election would be held two months after the Presidential election.

Commenting on the April 21st attacks the head of state noted that the Parliamentary Special Committee (PSC) probing the terror attack has not decided to summon him and added that he would not be appearing before the PSC even if he was requested. He noted that the PSC was a drama that was being practised at Temple Trees and being acted out at the Parliament.

The President at his meeting with the heads of media institutions explained that there are ongoing judicial proceedings regarding the April 21st attacks. A seven-judge Supreme Court bench has been appointed for this purpose. However, the Parliamentary Special Committee (PSC) convened today as well, to investigate into the April 21st attacks.

The Army Commander testified before the PSC today regarding national security. As a responsible media organization, we have taken a decision, not to report the sensitive information that was spoken before the PSC, as it may interfere with the ongoing judicial process carried out by the apex judicial body of this country.

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