Oct 03, 2017

A constitution that devolves powers, doesn’t divide the country Featured

The country needs a constitution that devolves powers, but does not divide the country, says Mahanayake of Malwatte Chapter, Most Ven. Tibbatuwawe Sri Sumangala Thera.

Some misinterpret devolving power as a division of the country, he today (03) told conveners of a movement that is holding a Satyagraha in Kandy to make seven demands, including the abolition of the executive presidency.

Co-convener Dr. Vikramabahu Karunaratne said their campaign that began from Colombo calling for the speedy formulation of a new constitution would be held island-wide.

A new constitution will guarantee democracy, he said, rejecting claims by some that it would deny the foremost place given to Buddhism in the present constitution.

Co-convener Gamini Viyangoda said their movement wanted to see that the government fulfilled its promises quickly.

He accused certain members of the steering committee of the constitutional assembly of keeping silent at its meetings, but giving various interpretations to outside society.

That should be stopped immediately, he said.