UNP will support 13th Amendment abolition if coupled with Executive Presidency - Ranil


By Saman Indrajith

Housing and Construction Minister Wimal Weerawansa met with UNP leader Ranil Wickremesinghe yesterday to enlist his support for the abolition of the provincial council system.

Minister Weerawansa whose National Freedom Front (NFF) has launched a campaign to abolish the PCs called on Wickremesinghe at the Opposition Leader’s Office of the Parliamentary Complex yesterday afternoon.

"We are meeting with different political parties with a view to forming an alliance against the 13th Amendment. The first such meeting was with the UNP," Minister Weerawansa told reporters after the hour-long meeting.

Wickremesinghe had said the UNP would support the abolition of the 13th Amendment if it is coupled with the abolition of the Executive Presidency.

The UNP leader had also queried what the alternative mode of devolution of power would be if the PCs are abolished. "We support any measure to strengthen the Legislature," Wickremesinghe had said.

Minister Weerawansa had proposed that a unit smaller than a province should be created to devolve power.

The two sides have agreed to meet again after the UNP Convention in early December to discuss the issue, Weerawansa said.

UNP General Secretary Tissa Attanayake, MPs John Amaratunge, Lakshman Kiriella, Ravi Karunanayke, Gamini Jayawickrema Perera and Joseph Michael Perera were associated with their leader while NFF members Piyasiri Wijenayake and Mohamed

Muzammil represented the NFF with Minister Weerawansa.

Weerawansa said that the NFF would join forces with any party to abolish the 13th Amendment, which has become a stumbling block for the development of the nation.

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