UNP should abolish Executive Presidency

2019-09-11 at 13:21

Parliamentarian Ashu Marasinghe says he intends on requesting the Presidential candidate of the United National Party to abolish the Executive Presidency within the first 3 to 6 months of being elected into office.

Speaking at a media briefing at the Temple Trees this morning the MP said if Parliament unites, abolishing the Executive Presidency will not be a tough task.

MP Marasinghe said the Executive Presidency must be abolished and a Parliament that is responsible for the public must be established.

He noted however, that the present Parliament too has the ability to abolish the Executive Presidency adding that the best opportunity has arisen for this purpose as the JVP has also made a request to pass the 20th Amendment.

The MP said if the Cabinet arrives at a decision and agrees to abolish the executive powers of the President through a Cabinet paper, obtaining a two thirds majority will not be a difficult task if all honest politicians in Parliament unite.

MP Ashu Marasinghe added around four names have been proposed for the party’s Presidential candidate.

MP Marasinghe said discussions are underway regarding four possible Presidential candidates including Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, Minister Sajith Premadasa, Speaker Karu Jayasuriya and Field Marshal Sarath Fonseka.

The MP said successful and cordial discussions were held yesterday between Premier Ranil Wickremesinghe and Minister Sajith Premadasa stating that talks will continue.

The MP added the candidate will be announced at the appropriate time.

MP Marasinghe noted the Prime Minister over the past four years has discussed on several occasions of running for Presidency at the next election.

The MP however stressed the UNP Working Committee will decide on whether or not the party Leader, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremsinghe will be named as the party’s Presidential candidate.