13-A: Wimal said NFF’s position differed from Govt

- Gayantha



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by Zacki Jabbar


 The UNP said yesterday that it was not agreeable to piece meal changes to the Constitution and any discussions on the subject should include all institutions required for the establishment of good governance and the rule of law.


Amendments to the Constitution should necessarily involve the future of the executive presidency, the electoral system and re-establishment of the Independent Public, Police, Elections, Judicial Service and Bribery and Commissions, which were abolished by the 18th Amendment, the UNP’s Media Spokesperson Gayantha Karunathillake MP, told a news conference in Colombo.


The MP said that there had been incomplete reports on the outcome of the talks between National Freedom Front(NFF) leader and Housing Minister Wimal Weerawansa and a UNP delegation led by Ranil Wickremesinghe held at the Opposition leaders Office in Parliament, last week.


Firstly, the talks had been held at Weerawansa’s request and the UNP at no stage agreed to the abolition of the 13th Amendment if the executive presidency was scrapped, he noted.


"When Mr. Weerawansa called for amendments to the 13th Amendment, Mr. Wickremesinghe asked him what he had to say about the pledges given by President Mahinda Rajapaksa to India that the 13th Amendment will be implemented in full. Mr. Weerawansa replied that it was the government view and he was talking about the position of his party the NFF. Mr. Wickremesinghe then said that any discussion on amending the 13th Amendment should include the future of the executive presidency, the electoral system and re-establishment of the Public, Police, Elections, Judicial Service and Bribery and Corruption Commissions, which had been scrapped with the introduction of the 18th Amendment." Karunathillake observed.


The UNP spokesman said that the UPFA government should first reach a consensus among its constituent political parties on the future of, the 13th Amendment before seeking the Opposition’s views.


As usual the Rajapaksa regime was trying to obfuscate matters by using parties such as the NFF to drag the UNP into a debate, without first sorting out differences among its coalition partners Several parties in the UPFA had already stated their objection to the 13th Amendment being repealed, Karunathillake observed.


 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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