Two-thirds mandate worst curse –Hakeem


M. A. Kaleel, Kalmunai Corr.

The two thirds majority which helped amend the Constitution was the worst curse Sri Lanka had ever faced. That mandate had paved the way for the Constitution to be changed according to one’s whims and fancies and the minority communities were at the receiving end, SLMC leader and Justice Minister Rauf Hakeem said yesterday.

Addressing a ceremony to felicitate former Commerce Minister A. R. M. Mansoor, Hakeem added that the SLMC as a coalition partner of the present government had been doing everything possible to ensure that this mandate was not used against the interests of the minorities. "We recently vehemently opposed a proposed amendment to the Constitution and now it has been put on the back burner." Hakeem switched over to English and brought to the attention of UNP MP Karu Jayasuriya how much he had pleaded with the UNP bigwigs, on the eve of last general elections, to contest the election under a common symbol to prevent the UPFA from securing a two-thirds majority.

Minister Hakeem said that stance showed clear arrogance. He regretted that the SLMC had not been accommodate on the PSC to solve the national issue.

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