Exec. presidency must go - Ven. Sobitha


By Cyril Wimalasurendre

KANDY – The Executive Presidency, introduced by J. R. Jayewardene was most unsuitable for Sri Lanka. JRJ had introduced the system taking advantage of the five-sixth majority he had in Parliament in 1977, observed Venerable Maduluwawe Sobitha Thera, Chief incumbent of Sri Naga Vihare, Kotte.

Sobitha Thera was addressing a meeting, organized by the Kandy branch of the National campaign for a just society. The venue was the Central Province Hindu Association Centre, Kandy.

J. R. Jayewardene founded the Executive Presidential system but those before him refused to introduce it saying it was not suitable for Sri Lanka, Ven. Sobitha thera said.

Jayawardene had passed the Constitution in Parliament with his majority comprising a large number of inexperienced members in the House, the Nayaka Thero said.

Many of the senior and experienced politicians were not in the 1977 Parliament when the Constitution was passed in 1978, the thera noted.

Even the Mahinda Chinthana had pledged to change the system but it continued, he said.

However, that system should be done away with for the good of the country, the prelate added.

Former High Court Judge P. B. Warawewa said that J. R. Jayewardene had pledged to create a just society (Dharmista Samajaya) utilizing the Executive Presidential system. But he failed to honour his promise.

Jayampathy Wickremaratne, PC said that the Parliamentary system was capable of developing Sri Lanka in a more positive manner.

Former Mayor of Kandy, Attorney-at-Law Harindra Dunuwila, convener of the meeting, also addressed the gathering. UNP, MP Karu Jayasuriya, former Army Commander Sarath Fonseka and C. M. Hatheem were among those present.

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