Left Parties Want The Executive Presidency Abolished
By Mandana Ismail Abeywickrema
The Communist Party (CP), Lanka Sama Samaja Party (LSSP) and New Left Front (NLF) are to meet tomorrow (31) for a discussion on the proposed constitutional amendments by the government and to decide on a separate set of proposals.
Rehabilitation and Prison Reforms Minister D.E.W. Gunasekera told The Sunday Leader that the leftist parties in the governing UPFA wanted the Executive Presidency abolished and did not want an extension of the terms of office held by the current President.
He said that the Communist Party had always called for the abolishing of the Executive Presidency since its formation by former President J.R. Jayewardene, adding that an executive prime ministerial post should be created.
“Since the governing party has come up with several proposed constitutional amendments, we need to meet and decide on a separate set of proposals to be handed over to the SLFP,” Gunasekera said. He said that once the proposals were handed over to the SLFP, the leftist parties would initiate a dialogue on the matter with them.
The government however has stated that the proposed constitutional amendments were decided following a meeting of party leaders of the governing party.