Monday, March 8, 2010

Govt. 'to abolish or reform' Executive Presidency

The Sri Lankagovernment says it will abolish or reform executive presidency if elected with two thirds majority at the forthcoming election. Constitutional Affairs Minister DEW Gunasekara told the BBC that the government is also planning to introduce a fresh constitution in the new parliament.

"There is an opinion in the country that the executive presidency should be abolished or reformed," he told BBC Sinhala service.

He however said there is no time frame for a new constitution to be introduced.

"If the opposition says that they vote for the abolition tomorrow, we would not have this problem," he said.

Political solution

The main opposition coalition that contested the 26 January presidential election has vowed to abolish the very powerful executive presidency.

Main opposition parties in the south, including the UNP and the JVP, and Muslim and Tamil nationalist parties were members of the coalition.

The minister added that a political solution aimed at minority Tamil community's grievances may also be included in the new constitution after consultations with other parties.

"The solution might include the devolution of power," Minister Gunasekara said.

The much-talked about All Party Representative Committee (APRC) will be re-convened to discuss the proposals.
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