An end to confrontational politics —
New constitution vital to meet today’s needs —

Kandy– A change of the country’s constitution is vitally important to find a panacea for the many ills of this country. Accordingly, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremasinghe is keen to effect a change to the constitution to end the confrontational politics of Sri Lanka, Constitutional Affairs Minister G. L. Peiris told the Mahanayake Thero of Malwatte Ven. Rambukwella Sri Vipassi yesterday.

Ven. Sri Vipassi Mahanayke Thero responding to Peiris said, "My blessings are with all those making any united attempt for the benefit of the people and the country.

We need peace and prosperity for the people. I confer my blessings on any worthwhile and beneficial moves by the government", the Mahanayke Thero said.

Peiris said the Prime Minister is keen to change the present constitution. The Prime Minister believes that many problems could be solved once the present constitution is changed. In this regard he has called for a meeting of all political parties in the parliament for Monday 25.

"For the last 35 years we have suffered a confrontational political system. Every party is trying to capture power and hold on to it. No one wished to part with it.

We need a constitution to suit the times and meet the needs of the people. A new thinking is necessary".

Prime Minister Wickremasinghe is keen to have the Constitutional Council for the formation of a new constitution with contributions from all political parties.

This is a national need. We all should cooperate in the evolution of a constitution that will help build unity and economic development of the country, he said.

Peiris responding to the Mahanayake Thero said that the government with a budget proposal had imposed a 60 percent tax on the import of several consumer articles such as potatoes and agricultural products.

He assured that the farmer community would be provided with facilities to increase the income.