May 05, 2018

Amaraweera extends conditional support for 20th amendment Featured

UPFA general secretary Mahinda Amaraweera says they will support the proposed 20th amendment to the constitution only if it does not destabilize or harm the country.

While speaking to the media after assuming duties as the agriculture minister on May 03, he referred to the amendment which the JVP is planning to introduce to abolish the executive presidency.

Noting that considerable powers of the executive have now been curtailed and the 13th amendment has devolved powers to the provinces, Amaraweera said the general opinion was that executive presidency was needed for the country’s stability.

The UPFA central committee will study the proposed amendment and take a decision, he said.

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Kumar Welgama wants executive presidency abolished

Speaking to the media on April 27, joint opposition MP Kumar Welgama said he supported abolishing the executive presidency.

He said the JO would come to a single stand that the position should be abolished.

JO’s Bandula Gunawardena and Vasudeva Nanayakkara too, agree, with the latter wanting a dissolution of parliament to happen at the same time.

However, their colleague Chamal Rajapaksa wants the position to continue.

He notes a centralization of powers has prevented ruination of the country.