Propaganda secretary of the party Vijitha Herath told the media at Battaramulla today (18) the president and the government had a responsibility to fulfill that election promise, for which it had received a mandate in 2015.
Both the JVP and the SLFP have been strongly critical of the executive presidency since its introduction in 1978.
Promises to abolish executive presidency
Even Chandrika Kumaratunga and Mahinda Rajapaksa came to power with a promise to abolish the executive presidency.
So did Maithripala Sirisena, who vowed at his swearing in that he would not seek a second term.
Chandrika Kumaratunga, Mahinda Rajapaksa promised its abolition
He went onto note that president Sirisena promised at the funeral of Ven. Maduluwawe Sobhitha Thera that there would be no presidential election again.
Therefore, whatever the SLFP stands for, he has no ethical right to contest again, said Herath.
Therefore, he should declare his stand to the country now, he urged.
He said the JVP would never support any attempt to divide the country, after ‘sacrificing 60,000 lives at the Indian intervention.’
The party would not allow a merger of the north and the east again either, he stressed.
The JVP strongly opposes a constitution that gives executive powers to a single person, he said, adding that the prime minister should be elected by vote by MPs.