Who wants to support the Executive Presidential system - questions Maduluwawe Sobhitha Thera
Convener of the National Movement for a Just Society Maduluwawe Sobhitha Thera questions who would be partial to the present government system that reigned by an executive president.
The Thera said incumbent Executive President Mahinda Rajapaksa and party leaders such as Wasudewa Nanayakkara have also objected the Executive Presidential system at that time.
The Thera stated this during a media briefing held in Colombo today to discuss about the fielding of a common candidate for the forthcoming Presidential election.
He added that the UNP has identified the shortcomings of the system and have presented a new constitution, while the venerable Mahanayake Theras and the Arch-bishops led by the Cardinal have signed a written request to change the system.
Sobhitha Thera further said that it is clear if they can find anyone who will support the system within Sri Lanka.
Representatives of several political parties including UNP National Leader Ranil Wickremesinghe and Democratic Party Leader Sarath Fonseka participated in this meeting.
Addressing the meeting, UNP Leader Ranil Wickremesinghe said his party would support the proposals including the annulment of the executive presidency presented by the National Movement for a Just Society.
Former President Chandrika Bandaranaike has also sent her greetings to the meeting and it was read out by Attorney-at-law Upul Kumarapperuma.
Expressing his views regarding the matter, MP Arjuna Ranatunga said that the initiative of Sobhitha Thera is essential to the country. Here, everyone will assemble disregarding their personal agendas and uniting under a country agenda.
The government’s most corrupted ministers are raising their voices against the common opposition in fear.
Democratic People’s Party Leader Mano Ganeshan also expressed his views during the meeting saying that JHU leader Rathana Thera has issued a statement apologizing for voting in favor of the 18th amendment.
He added that he met TNA leader R. Sambandan yesterday where he said that they will not allow anyone to instigate racism during the upcoming election.
National Unity Front Leader Asad Saaly and Moubima People’s Party Leader Hemakumara Nanayakkara also participated.
At the same time, representatives from New Democratic Party, New Sihala Urumaya, Ruhunu People’s Party and United People’s Front also participated.
Besides, several civil organizations including Free Media Movement, Scholars Collective for a Just Society, Federation of Trade Unions, Lawyers for Democracy, University Association for a Just Society, Former MPs’ Guild, Pensioners Collective for Just Society and Lanka Private Bus Owners Federation participated in the meeting.
Meanwhile ruling party coalitions, Lanka Samasamaja Party and Communist Party central working committee members Lal Wijenayaka and Raja Uswetakeiyawa respectively represented the alternative groups of those two parties in this meeting.
However JVP and JHU representatives did not participate in this meeting today. Our news team contacted JVP former Leader Somawansa Amarasinghe to comment on his party’s absence in the meeting.
He said that they have been demonstrating thus far since there was no legal provision to hold a presidential election.
Somawansa also said that the election should be announced by the Elections Commissioner and not the President and that they will focus on the priorities first before moving on to the secondary matters.