SLFP minister Chandima Weerakkody referred to this remark at a media briefing at the CPC at Maligawatte and said the government would only introduce amendments to the present constitution.
He reiterated that despite whatever stand the UNP had, the present constitution would not be changed entirely.
Weerakkody said the constitutional amendment would be carried out as per the mandate given by the public to president Maithripala Sirisena, adding the government would fulfill the their wishes only.
Responding to the SLFP minister, Rajitha Senaratne said at the cabinet news briefing yesterday (01) the government’s policy was to formulate a new constitution to abolish the executive presidency and to place it before the public at a referendum.
The government was taking steps in that regard, he said, noting that it was not those in the SLFP who had elected the president, who would fulfill wishes of the masses.
He added that the six reports of subcommittees on a new constitution were presently under review, and that those reports would be submitted to parliament in due course.