We’re op­posed to amend­ing 19A: UNP

Daily Mirror (Sri Lanka) - - NEWS - BY YOHAN PER­ERA

We have al­ready de­cided that our leader Ranil Wick­remesinghe should be ap­pointed as the prime minister. Our deputy leader will move the con­fi­dence vote on Dec.12

The UNP said yesterday it was op­posed to the pro­posal made by Pres­i­dent Maithri­pala Sirisena to amend the 19th Amend­ment to the Con­sti­tu­tion.

UNP MP Ajith P Per­era told a me­dia briefing that it was likely that the Pres­i­dent had wanted the 19th Amend­ment to the Con­sti­tu­tion changed so as to have the au­thor­ity to dis­solve Par­lia­ment at any­time he wished and to have the au­thor­ity to ap­point, trans­fer or re­move any pub­lic of­fi­cer in­clud­ing po­lice of­fi­cers.

“The Pres­i­dent can­not af­ford to pro­pose to strengthen the power of the Ex­ec­u­tive as he re­ceived a man­date to abol­ish the ex­ec­u­tive pres­i­dency and pledged he will serve only a sin­gle term as the Pres­i­dent of the coun­try,” the MP said. “Be­sides we are not pre­pared nor is there any valid rea­son to take away the in­de­pen­dence of the ju­di­ciary and the in­de­pen­dent com­mis­sions.”

He said there was a glob­ally ac­cepted no­tion that dis­solv­ing Par­lia­ment any time be­fore its term ends tends to cre­ate un­rest in a coun­try and dis­missed the re­ports which said his party was plan­ning to select a suit­able can­di­date for the post of prime minister by way of a se­cret bal­lot.

“We have al­ready de­cided that our leader Ranil Wick­remesinghe should be ap­pointed as the Prime Minister. Our Deputy Leader will move the con­fi­dence vote on De­cem­ber 12 in Par­lia­ment. The ac­tions of the Pres­i­dent has united all the mem­bers of the UNP,” the MP said.

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