Sri Lanka

The war within

Jan 26, 2017
The way for a new Constitution has literally become rutted, rugged and rickety because the two main parties harbour stark differences even on some salient points such as executive presidency, the unitary character and power devolution.   The United National Party (UNP), as the main party in the government, seeks the abolition of executive presidency whereas the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) led by President Maithripala Sirisena is to retain it further. 
The SLFP’s position became clear as and when its ministers announced, on several occasions to the public that the party’s next presidential candidate would be none other than President Sirisena. In a way, it was a message meant for the neutralization of the Joint Opposition in trying to find a candidate. Alongside it is a signal to the UNP that the SLFP is not ready for the abolition of executive presidency.   
The abolition of the executive presidency is a key policy line taken by the UNP. It insists on it again and again. Its members counter-attacked the President’s position saying the candidate is not for retaining it. Also, the SLFP outlined that it would not go beyond the 13th Amendment in power devolution.  At the last election, I spearheaded the campaign on behalf of the party.  Yet, none of my members was offered a slot on the National list.  Instead, some defeated members were nominated as MPs on the list. They  are being used today to slander me. My people ask me why I am going to  be duped once again - Mahinda Rajapaksa
Read more at:
 Daily Mirror, January 26, 2017

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