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People will lose their freedom if Gotabaya becomes President - Viyangoda

Civil Society Movement Representatives addressing the media.Picture by Ranjith Asanka
Civil Society Movement Representatives addressing the media.Picture by Ranjith Asanka

People will lose their democratic rights and personal freedom, if Gotabaya Rajapaksa is elected to govern on a platform harping on national security, Civil Society Movement Representatives said.

They made these remarks at a media briefing, jointly organised by Sadarana Samajaya, Puravesi Balaya,Wame Kendraya and a few more in Rajagiriya yesterday.

Convener Gamini Viyangoda said that people will lose their democratic rights and other democratic benefits gained through the implementation of 19th amendment, if Gotabaya Rajapaksa becomes the country's President solely on a platform espousing national security.

The representatives said that Gotabaya doesn’t have democratic qualities his sibling Mahinda Rajapaksa has.Therefore they are ready to take every possible measure to defeat Gotabaya at the next Presidential Election.

He said the term “National Security” is misinterpreted for political gains by certain politicians in opposition. The Easter Sunday attack is not a result of the loopholes of the national security but the result of not implementing law and order and a failure of taking timely action.

MP Jayampathi Wickramaratne addressing media said a policy statement called Citizens’ Agenda was implemented by them for the consideration of political parties including presidential candidates.

He said that they will assist the presidential candidate, who accepts their policies and promises to carry them out. Speaking on the 19th amendment to the constitution, he said that there are several issues created by the 19th amendment since the original draft of the 19th amendment couldn’t be passed in parliament. “If the original draft could be passed there would be no issues, which are experienced these days,” he added.

Asked whether the next president won’t have powers, he said that he will have powers except a few including powers of holding ministries.The President will be the leader of the government and the Cabinet while he will have the powers to appoint sectaries to ministries.

Attorney K.W.Janaranjana admitted that they couldn’t achieve all their objectives under the good governance government in 2015. “It is regrettable that President Sirisena voices concern against the 19th amendment, which has helped to strengthen the country's democracy,” Janaranjana said.


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