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President: 18th, 19th Amendments should be abolished

Housing, Construction and Cultural Affairs Minister Sajith Premadasa with President Maithripala Sirisena and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe at the 40th anniversary celebrations of the National Housing Development Authority at the BMICH yesterday. Pictures by Sudath Silva and Hirantha Gunathilaka

Housing, Construction and Cultural Affairs Minister Sajith Premadasa with President Maithripala Sirisena and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe at the 40th anniversary celebrations of the National Housing Development Authority at the BMICH yesterday. Pictures by Sudath Silva and Hirantha Gunathilaka

President Maithripala Sirisena yesterday called for the abolition of both the 18th and 19th Amendments of the Constitution “in order to strengthen freedom, democracy and ensure good governance in the future”. He was speaking at the 40th anniversary celebrations of the National Housing Development Authority at the Bandaranaike Memorial International Conference Hall (BMICH), Colombo yesterday morning.

The President noted that the monarchical and dictatorial nature of the 18th Amendment of the Constitution brought about the formation of a new government which then introduced the 19th Amendment to the Constitution. However, the 19th Amendment was de-stabilising. It provided for two centres of leadership in the country rather than a single centre of power, with the Presidency and Premiership pulling in different directions. Without a singular political leadership, it was impossible for the country to move forward. It created political uncertainty and instability that was harmful to the country. Achieving the objectives of good governance proved futile under the 19th Amendment, the President further said. If not for the 19th Amendment, the last four and half years of the government would have been more successful.

The President further said that the government today needs to be more sensitive to public needs and expectations. Honest and patriotic leaders are a prerequisite for such sensitive governance.

Furthermore, the public services, with 1.6 million personnel, should be the force to take the country forward in housing development and other sectors.

He urged public servants to discharge duties and responsibilities with honesty and integrity to fulfill the expectations of the people.

Venerable Banagala Upatissa, the Chief Prelate in Japan, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, Housing, Construction and Cultural Affairs Minister Sajith Premadasa, former Minister Ferial Ashraff, and former Chairpersons and present management and staff of the National Housing Development Authority were also among the large gathering.


 

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