It is reported that a diplomat of a foreign country is heading this mediation which has also received the assistance of the US and Indian parties.
It was this diplomat who had intervened in restoring normalcy in the country during the October 26th political crisis where Ranil Wickremesinghe was ousted and Mahinda Rajapaksa was appointed as the PM.
He had met with Ranil Wickremesinghe’s group Mangala Samaraweera and Malik Samarawickrama, Basil Rajapaksa from the Mahinda camp and Presidential Advisor Attorney Shiral Laktillake from the President’s camp during separate lengthy meetings in order to have them agree for a peaceful power shift.
The mediation was done for this purpose by the head of an NGO Harsha Kumara Navaratne.
Several party leaders had appealed to this diplomat who had resolved the October 26 political crisis to intervene in establishing political reconciliation within the country.
This diplomat is currently holding talks with regard to the political future of President Maithripala Sirisena in the event the Executive Presidency is abolished.
It has been proposed to present Maithripala Sirisena an honorary presidential post for several more years in the event he agrees to the abolishment of the Executive Presidency.
Mahinda’s auspicious meeting with the JVP on 6th:
Meanwhile, the JVP Propaganda Secretary Vijitha Herath had told the ‘Divaina’ newspaper that the official discussion with Opposition Leader Mahinda Rajapaksa regarding the abolishment of the Executive Presidency is scheduled to take place at the Opposition Leader’s office at 4.00pm on March 06th.
A team of JVP members including its Leader Anura Kumara Dissanayake, Vijitha Herath, K.D. Lalkantha, Sunil Handunetti and Nalinda Jayatissa are expected to join the discussion.
Vijitha Herath noted that if we are to strengthen democracy, the Executive Presidency should be abolished and that the colossal expenditure for the maintenance of this system is a national crime.