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Wednesday, 26 June 2019 - 10:53
Select committee is a drama; President says he won’t appear before the committee.
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President Maithripala Sirisena reiterated today that he would not appear before the parliament select committee to testify with regard to Easter Sunday attacks.

Addressing the heads of media institutions this morning, President Sirisena said that the parliament select committee is a drama where its script, direction and training are controlled by Temple Trees.

President Sirisena further said that the appointment of a select committee is not apt while 7 cases with regard to the Easter Sunday attacks are heard before the Court.

He also said that he would decide whether to contest the next presidential election according to the SLFP decision.

The President said that he admits that there is political instability in the country today and the main reason for such a situation is the 19thAmendment.

He said that the Presidential election will be held first and 2 months thereafter, the General election will be held.

Referring to the recent statement made by Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe citing that two drivers would take a vehicle to nowhere, President Sirisena reiterated the vehicle was driven by one driver in 2015 but another one who obtained a license from parliament has thrown the entire county into disruption.

President Sirisena further told the heads of media institutions, that whoever becomes the next President, if he loves this country, the 19th Amendment should be annulled.

He further elaborated that the 19th Amendment was not drafted by legal luminaries.

He said it was created according to the whims and fancies of several MPs such as MA Sumanthiran, Jayampathi Wickramarathna and, NGOs affiliated individuals like Pakyasothi.

At the same time the President said that he is against the signing of the ACSA and SOFA agreements with the US.

He also said that he has signed the execution of four persons sentenced to death over drug offences and that it will be carried out soon.


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