President to submit Cabinet paper on Presidency

Maithripala SirisenaPresident Maithripala Sirisena is to submit a Cabinet paper tomorrow seeking to abolish the Executive Presidential system.

The President will also seek support for a new electoral system. The President made this known at a function held today.

“It is my expectation to introduce a new electoral system which is responsible to the Parliament, abolish executive presidency and transfer the powers of the President to the Parliament and independent commissions”, he said.

He said required discussions are being held regarding the establishment of new constitution, fulfilling the promises given in the election manifesto. “The new government has taken actions to establish the Election Commission to fulfill the expectations for free and fair elections, about which there had been a discussion for more than 40 years”, the President stated. “The new government also has established institutions related to the important areas such as human rights, public service, courts and bribery and corruption”, he added.

“Some people question about what the new government has done so far after getting elected as if the government was elected 7-8 years ago. I like to remind them that we have passed only a short period of 10 months after being elected as the President and during that time succeeded in passing of the 19th amendment to the constitution unanimously and holding a General Elections on August 17 and appointing a new cabinet”, the President pointed out.

President Sirisena also pointed out that the new government has implemented several plans to alleviate poverty, establishing freedom in the country, strengthening of the free health and education, improving of international relations, increasing the per-capita income of the people including farming community and for overall betterment of the country and the people. (Colombo Gazette)

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  1. The depriving of contesting elections in Sri Lanka for Dual Citizens is a violation of the FUNDAMENTAL RIGHTS of a Sri Lankan Citizen. The JVP had only one reason to push that through in the run-up to be made law in the amendment of the 19th constitutional amendment, because they wanted Mr. Gotabaya Rajapaksa, Mr. Basil Rajapaksa and Mr. Kumar Gunaratnam – Leader of the Frontline Socialist Party to be kept away from Parliament. Gotabaya and Kumar, if they had contested who have won with very large majorities in the August general elections of 2015. With Kumars entry into parliament, the FSC would have wiped out the popularity of the JVP. But President Maithripala Sirisena, PM Ranil and even the late Rev. Sobitha Thera have done unjust to the vast number of politically aspiring Sri Lankan dual citizens who had political intentions to return back to their home country/Motherland/MAATHRUBOOMIA and engage in National Politics. The 20th., Amendment should revoke this clause, REMOVE it and give the FUNDAMENTAL RIGHT to Sri Lankan Dual Citizens to contest any elections in Sri Lanka if they so wished.
    Noor Nizam.
    A victim of the banning of Dual Citizens to contest Elections in Sri Lanka.
    Peace and Political Activist and Political Communication Researcher.
    Dual Citizen of Sri Lanka and Canada.
    Convener of “THE MUSLIM VOICE”.

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