Wickramaratne noted that at a time when the country’s leaders have unanimously agreed to abolish the executive presidency, instead of opposing this move, all should unite to bring in Constitutional amendments to facilitate this process.
He said if the 2/3rd majority could be obtained in parliament, then this task could be accomplished prior to the upcoming presidential election.
The MP made these comments during a media briefing held at the National Movement for a Just Society in Rajagiriya yesterday.
Meanwhile, Power and Energy and Business Development Minister Ravi Karunanayake said that it was pleasurable to see Maithri, Ranil and Mahinda agreeable for the abolishment of the executive presidency.
He made this comment in response to media queries during his visit to the Sri Dalada Maligawa in Kandy where he also met with the Chief Prelates.
Karunanayake further said, “Talks on the abolishment of the executive presidency commenced months ago and the President and Prime Minister contested the elections on the promise of abolishing the executive presidency.
I am really happy that the President, Prime Minister and the Opposition Leader have all come to an agreement that the executive presidency should be abolished.
Now we should establish this system. The best way to ensure democracy is by abolishing the executive presidency.
Even the Chief Prelates are of the view that if a change is to be made for the betterment of the country, then it should be done.”