President says civil society will be used to eliminate corruption

President Maithripala Sirisena says civil society will be used to eliminate corruption in the country.

He said that unlimited power creates corruption and during the last three years, Sri Lanka has taken several important steps to break the link between power and corruption in the country.

He made this statement at the Open Government Partnership Global Summit in Tbillisi in Georgia today (July 18).

The Global Session was chaired by Georgian Prime Minister Mamuka Bakhtadze and had the participation of Presidents, Prime Ministers, Speakers, Ministers and other representatives from 75 member countries.

Speaking here the President said that steps have been taken by Sri Lanka to promote the principles of the Open Government Partnership.

He said that the 19th Amendment to the Constitution of Sri Lanka was introduced within a few months of assuming office by him and it became a key factor that strengthened transparency, accountability and the rule of law in the country.

“With the passage of this important constitutional amendment, the open government partnership with the executive, legislature and judiciary was transformed to yield progressive benefits,” he said.

Prior to that, the President noted that the Chief Justice, the judges of the Supreme Court, the Inspector General of Police, the Attorney General and the Commission officials were appointed at the discretion of the President.

However he says today all those appointments are made through a statutory committee appointed by the Parliament. (Colombo Gazette)

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