First stage of struggle successful-Sobitha Thera

99a65315358a6ae14fde79b8be7a9037_MNational Movement for Social Justice (NMSJ) Head Ven Maduluwawe Sobhitha Thera who campaigned for the abolishment of the Executive Presidency told The Nation yesterday that the first phase of their struggle has been successful, as the common opposition candidate has already agreed to abolish the executive presidency.

Ven Sobhitha Thera said that the NMSJ wanted it to be repelled within a six months period after the new president takes office.

“We have three main issues; abolishment of the Executive Presidency, reinstatement of the 17th amendment to the Constitution and changing the electoral system. We have no doubts this time. It will definitely take place,” Ven Thera said.

However, Ven. Sobitha Thera said that no MoU nor any agreement has been signed between the parties. When questioned about the promises which never kept by Presidents Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumarathunga and Mahinda Rajapaksa, the thera said that President Kumarathunga hadn’t  enough power in Parliament to deliver them and President Rajapaksa doesn’t need to do  it.”

However, the Ven. Thera had no idea about the election campaign of the common opposition candidate Maithripala Sirisena.

UNP Colombo district MP Ravi Karunanayake said that the Opposition Leader’s office will be the main campaign office and other campaign activities will be decided “in due course.”  Professor Rajeewa Wijesinghe who participated in the common candidate’s first press conference also said that he knows nothing, and added that “everything will be finalized within the next two to three days.”

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