Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa has been severely criticized by the leaders of the Joint Opposition consisted of the Sri Lanka Podujana Pemamuna (SLPP), as well as his family, for allegedly involving in abolishing the Executive Presidency by favouring the forthcoming of the 20th Amendment to the Constitution by developing a coalition with Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, to secure his own political career, sources say.
Leader of the National Freedom Front (NFF) Wimal Weerawansa has reportedly warned at an internal party meeting held last Friday (22) that the people will be polled against Mr. Mahinda Rajapaksa by launching a strong political movement, if he tends to support the 20th Amendment to the Constitution by joining with Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe…………….
National Freedom Front (NFF) Leader and Parliamentarian Wimal Weerawansa claimed that Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe is attempting to abolish the Executive Presidency in order to remain in office as the Premier for five years, as he knows that he can never win a presidential election, nor can he even obtain the candidacy.
Weerawansa was speaking at a lecture, titled Ratata Mokada Venne (What is happening to the Country), held in Malabe.
He added that a discussion has already been initiated in connection with abolishing the Executive Presidency and Premier Wickremesinghe had attempted to bring in Constitutional amendments during the regime of former President Chandrika Bandaranaike.
“He wanted to make amendments in order to ensure that Chandrika Bandaranaike would not be able to dissolve Parliament for four and a half years. If Wickremesinghe had succeeded prior to 2004, Chandrika Bandaranaike would not have been able to dissolve the Parliament in 2004.”
He also said that if that scenario was a reality, Mahinda Rajapaksa could not have won the election in 2005, with less than hundred thousand votes. He added that, Chandrika Bandaranaike, as the Executive President, was able to dissolve the Parliament and ensure the voting right of the public.
“The Public toppled that traitorous government and established a UPFA government and elected Mahinda Rajapaksa as the ruler of the country.
What would have happened, if the executive powers of the President had been curtailed by the Constitutional amendments, then, like what has happened to President Maithripala Sirisena today?”
In 2003, the Chief Justice and other judges delivered a verdict that the authority of the Executive President to dissolve Parliament, without holding a referendum, cannot be challenged. On the contrary, Supreme Court now says that President cannot do so. The Government is somehow trying to establish a law by getting it ratified by the Parliament.
We still wonder how the President’s power to hold an election without a referendum, was abolished? This is how this traitorous government is making progress by curtailing the powers of the President.
Wickremesinghe wants to abolish the Executive Presidency, because, he very well knows that he cannot obtain the candidacy from as the majority of the membership opposes Wickremesinghe’s presidential candidacy bids. Then another one has to contest the presidential election. If that happens, it would be politically disadvantageous to Wickremesinghe. That is why he is trying hard to abolish the office of President.
The incidents that are happening in the North are detrimental to Buddhists. Buddhist monks are asked to go to Court to solve the problems with regard to the temples in the North. The extremists in the North claim that Sinhalese people cannot be allowed to settle in the North. But, Sinhalese children are required to learn Tamil language. This is the only country in the world, where the majority is asked to learn the language of the minority. The accepted norm is the teaching of the language of the majority to the minorities of a country. But it is the total opposite here and they claim that such an action will harm reconciliation.
The Presidency is the Supreme position in the country. In a situation where the 13th Amendment to the Constitution is not abolished and the election is not held on an electoral basis, it will be highly perilous for the country to lose the Presidency that has the power over all.
Ranil Wickremesinghe is a person who does not care about the sovereignty of the country. What he wants is to remain in office as the Prime Minister for another 5 years. The Opposition in the country is supporting Wickremesinghe to remain in the position because he is incompetent.
The need of the hour is not to abolish the Presidency. As long as the Provincial Council System is enabled in the country and the elections are not held according to electoral basis, the presidency must not be abolished,” he concluded.