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Jan 12, 2017

Govt. has no public mandate for new constitution - SB Featured

Minister S.B. Dissanayake says the SLFP’s decision is that the executive presidency will remain until the next presidential election, at which incumbent Maithripala Sirisena will be the party’s candidate.

Dissanayake says his party sees the need to continue with the executive presidency in order to safeguard the country’s unity and sovereignty.

And, he stresses the people have not given the government a mandate to formulate a new constitution.

He was speaking to the media after calling on the Mahanayake Thera of the Malwatte Chapter in Kandy this morning (12).

Dissanayake campaigned for Mahinda Rajapaksa at the last presidential election when Sirisena contested as the common candidate with a promise to abolish the executive presidency.

Cabinet spokesman Rajitha Senaratne, who remained committed for the victory of the incumbent president, told the media yesterday that the executive presidency should be abolished as per the ‘January 08’ promise.

Also, a presidential election will not take place in 2020, he stressed.

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