Monday, 01 December 2014 - 13:18
Several Political parties sign an MOU with the Common Candidate.
The joint agreement by political parties and civil organizations intending to support common candidate Maithreepala Sirisena in the forthcoming Presidential election was signed this morning.
Leaders of several political parties and civil organizations including common candidate Maithreepala Sirisena, UNP National Organizer Ranil Wickremesinghe, former President Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga, Democratic Party Leader Sarath Fonseka and Democratic People’s Front leader Mano Ganeshan signed the agreement at a ceremony held at the Viharamaha Devi Park in Colombo.
Four factors which should be implemented soon after the common candidate wins the presidential election were emphasized after the signing of the agreement.
Among them are: to abolish executive presidency within 100 days since the day of the presidential election victory and establish a parliamentary system that is held responsible for public affairs, replace the existing election system with a new system, annul the 18th amendment and enact the 17th amendment to appoint independence commissions, and salary revision of both state and private sector in order to cushion the cost of living.
The parties to the agreement put their signatures in front of the Maha Sangha including leader of the People’s Movement for a just society Maduluwawe Sobhitha Thera.
UNP Leader Ranil Wickremesinghe was the first to sign the agreement and common candidate Maithreepala Sirisena followed suit.
Among the others to sign the agreement were former President Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga, Democratic Party Leader Sarath Fonseka, Democratic People’s Front leader Mano Ganeshan, former minister Rajitha Senarathna, former deputy minister M.K.D.S. Gunawardana and MP Arjuna Ranatunga.
Addressing the gathering after the signing of the agreement, UNP National Leader Ranil Wickremesinghe said that more political parties and civil organizations are scheduled to sign this agreement later.
Common Candidate Maithreepala Sirisena made a public pledge that he would fulfill the content of the agreement after he becomes the President.
Addressing the gathering former President Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga said that the country as well as the SLFP should be saved from the current administration.
During his speech, Convener of the Movement for a just society Maduluwawe Sobhitha Thera made an open invitation to the ruling coalition’s to join the Common Opposition Candidate.