‘Executive Presidency should be abolished’ | Daily News

‘Executive Presidency should be abolished’

A radical political change is necessary to save the country from its present state of stagnation and steer it towards development and progress. First, the Executive Presidential system should be abolished, Power, Energy and Business Development Minister Ravi Karunayake said.

He was speaking during an inspection tour of construction work on the proposed solar power park in the Moneragala district on Sunday.

The solar park is expected to add 40 megawatts of electricity to the national grid.

Minister Karunayake said even though we won freedom 71 years ago, economic freedom had still eluded us. Certain people engaged in extremist activities in the name of freedom. Some others were trying to foment communalism, he said.

We need to produce leaders who could speak up for the country and nation. Late President J.R. Jayewardene introduced the Executive Presidential system arguing that it best suited the country at that time. Late Lalith Athulathmudali, Gamini Dissanayake, Ranasinghe Premadasa and incumbent Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe accepted its suitability at the time. But before long everyone started criticising the system saying it was unsuitable. Now all had come to the conclusion that the Executive Presidency should be scrapped, the Minister said.

Even the President and the Prime Minister had agreed that this was a timely need. Therefore he would request the Opposition to join hands in abolishing the Executive Presidential system and effect the necessary changes through a new Constitution, to go in for an early election, he said.

The new Constitution should safeguard the unity and territorial integrity of the country and the pre-eminent position accorded to Buddhism, the Minister said. 


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