Mar 01, 2019

Mahinda-JVP talks next week despite Wimal’s objections Featured

The JVP would hold official discussions with Opposition Leader Mahinda Rajapaksa next week with regard to the abolishment of the Executive Presidency, JVP Leader Anura Kumara Dissanayake said at a press briefing held at the JVP Headquarters yesterday (28).

He said as the JVP intends to present the proposal for the 20th Amendment to the Constitution for the abolishment of the Executive Presidency in parliament next week and in order to obtain the 2/3rd majority Mahinda’s group votes are a decisive factor. Therefore, Dissanayake said talk would be held with Mahinda Rajapaksa in order to obtain their support.

The JVP Leader said talks would also be held with the UNP in order to obtain their support for the 20th Amendment, while unofficial talks had already been held with the TNA regarding this matter.
During the media briefing, Anura Kumara Dissanayake said that talks would also be held with party leaders such as Rauff Hakeem, Mano Ganesan and Rishath Bathiudeen regarding the abolishment of the Executive Presidency.

Wimal, Rawana Balaya against

However, it is significant that at a point when parties representing the Mahinda Rajapaksa camp such as the National Freedom Front and the Pivithuru Hela Urumaya are vehemently opposing the abolishment of the Executive Presidency at this point, that a meeting is scheduled to take place between the JVP and Mahinda Rajapaksa.

Meanwhile, the Rawana Balaya organisation intends to join with a group of Chief monks and meet the President, Prime Minister and Opposition Leader to urge them not to abolish the Executive Presidency.

According to its General Secretary Iththekande Sadhdatissa Thera, the chief monks are currently in the process of preparing a letter urging that the Executive Presidency not be abolished.

However, despite mounting pressure, several MPs have stated that the President, Prime Minister and Opposition Leader are in agreement for the abolishment of the Executive Presidency.

Therefore, MP Jayampathy Wickramaratne said that at a time when all three leaders of the country are in favour of abolishing the Executive Presidency, regardless of their political agendas, this move should be supported.

 

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