Mahinda takes a swipe at Constitution and legal reforms

Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa today slammed the Government over its efforts to fundamentally change the Constitution, the law and the structure of the Sri Lankan state.

He claimed that since November last year, several documents that have either been officially released or have come to light by other means, reveal very clearly the intentions of the Government.

The reports of six subcommittees appointed by the Steering Committee of the Constitutional Assembly were published in November last year.

The report of the Prime Minister’s Consultative Task Force on Reconciliation and Transitional Justice was released in January this year.

In the meantime, the 58 conditions imposed by the European Commission to restore GSP+ to Sri Lanka and the Prime Minister’s framework for the new counter terrorism law that is to replace the Prevention of Terrorism Act, also came to light through the media.

“The fountainhead of the four documents is the UN Human Rights Council resolution of October 2015 which was brought against Sri Lanka by the Obama administration and the European Union and co-sponsored by the yahapalana Government. Even though a radical regime change has taken place in the USA since then, the yahapalana Government has not taken any steps to hold talks with the new US administration and to get the resolution against Sri Lanka amended. It thus becomes plain that the yahapalayakayas co-sponsored this dangerous resolution in 2015 not only due to pressure from foreign parties but also because of their intrinsic anti-national leanings. It should be borne in mind that as of this moment it is not the American government that is carrying forward the resolution against Sri Lanka, but our own Government,” he said.

Rajapaksa claims Eelamist lobby both here and abroad working together with certain foreign powers, skewed the result of the 2015 January presidential election to bring into power a Government through which they hope to achieve what could not be won through four decades of terrorism.

The former President invited all SLFP members in the Government, and Parliamentarians of the UNP as well to decide for themselves whether they want to betray the country and the Nation by supporting the “traitorous” agenda. (Colombo Gazette)

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