National Executive Council would comprise members of all parties – Govt.

* Will guide Parliament in effecting Constitutional reforms as pledged in NDF Manifesto

By Zacki Jabbar

The new National Democratic Front (NDF) government said yesterday that the establishment of a National Executive Council (NEC) was one of its election pledges and would be implemented  within its 100-day work programme.

Senior NDF sources told The Island that as promised a National Unity Government had been established on Monday and the number of Cabinet Ministers restricted to 30 of which 27 were appointed. "President Maithripala Sirisena addressing the nation from both the Independence Square and Dalada Maligawa pledged not to seek re-election and also assured that his Executive powers would be vested in Parliament, Cabinet and the Judiciary shortly. The creation of a NEC to advise Parliament on Constitutional Reforms would also be done as promised."

The President had already invited all parties in the legislature to nominate their representatives to serve in the NEC and was awaiting an early response, sources noted, adding that its objective was to establish a forum that could advise and guide his  National Unity administration in introducing reforms aimed at re-establishing democracy, good governance and the rule of law.

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