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Saturday, 24 December 2016 - 18:52
Maha Nayaka theros express their views on the Constitutional amendment
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Chief Prelates of Malwathu and Asgiri chapters stated that the county’s unitary status and the prominence given to Buddhism should not be harmed in the new constitutional reforms.

In a communiqué, the chief prelates point out that the venerable maha sanga cannot maintain silence in an environment where the sovereignty and territorial integrity of the country is challenged.

Chief Prelate of the Malwathu Chapter, Most Venerable Thibbatuwawe Sri Sumangala Thera in his communiqué states that actions which are detrimental to the country’s unitary structure, religious reconciliation and harmony cannot be endorsed.

Meanwhile, Chief Prelate of the Asgiri Chapter, Most Venerable Warakagoda Gnanarathana Thera in a communiqué listing out 5 points state that Sri Lanka should be a unitary nation.

Accordingly, the Thera points out that the unfavorable rules and regulations in the 13th amendment which are hindering the maintenance of a unitary nation should be eliminated.

The Thera furthermore states that assigning of land and police powers should be removed from the interest of Provincial Councils.

The Thera in the communiqué also discusses about powers of provincial councils and formulation of laws.

The Thera has also focused his attention on the Judiciary system and has stated that a constitutional judiciary system should not be established deviating from the current system and that no special appointment must be made based on ethnicities.

The Thera also states that the Central government must have powers in deciding on national policies.

The Thera has also acknowledged Tamil language as a state language but has noted that Sinhala language should be given prominence at a reciprocating or problematic situation.

Meanwhile, Prime Minister Ranil Wickramasinghe visited the sacred Temple of the Tooth Relic this morning and paid courtesy calls on the Chief Prelate of the Asgiri Chapter Most Venerable Warakagoda Gnanarathana Thera and the Chief Prelate of the Malwathu Chapter Most Venerable Thibbatuwawe Sri Sumangala Thera.



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