Wimal’s Con. proposals back on stage

by Shamindra Ferdinando

NFF leader Wimal Weerawansa says constitutional reforms will be implemented on a staggered basis.

Addressing a gathering after the recent launch of the second stage of ‘Nagamupurawara’ project at Nawagampura housing scheme, Minister Weerawansa said that the constitutional reforms would take place in three stages. He said the need for constitutional reforms had been felt in the wake of the conclusion of war.

Although the government had initially planned to introduce the first stage of the proposed reforms as early as July, it was delayed due to President Mahinda Rajapaksa initiating a short-lived dialogue with UNP leader Ranil Wickremesinghe to replace the executive presidency with an executive premiership.

Government sources told The Island that further talks on this issue was unlikely in view of President Rajapaksa’s decision to engineer crossovers to secure the magical two thirds majority needed to amend the Constitution.

President Rajapaksa has drawn under heavy flak from the Opposition for seeking to do away with a constitutional provision that bars the incumbent President from seeking a third term.

The NFF recently submitted a set of constitutional proposals to President Rajapaksa. The NFF proposals envisaged a third term for the incumbent president.

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