We’re opposed to amending 19A: UNP
The UNP said yesterday it was opposed to the proposal made by President Maithripala Sirisena to amend the 19th Amendment to the constitution.
UNP MP Ajith P Perera told a media briefing that it was likely that the President had wanted the 19th Amendment to the Constitution changed so as to have the authority to dissolve Parliament at anytime he wished and and to have the authority to appoint, transfer or remove any public officer including police officers.
“The President cannot afford to propose to strengthen the power of the Executive as he received a mandate to abolish the executive presidency and pledged he will serve only a single term as the President of the country,” the MP said. “Besides we are not prepared nor is there any valid reason to take away the independence of the judiciary and the independent commissions.”
He said there was a globally accepted notion that dissolving Parliament any time before its term ends tends to create unrest in a country and dismissed the reports which said his party was planning to select a suitable candidate for the post of prime minister by way of a secret ballot.
“We have already decided that our leader Ranil Wickremesinghe should be appointed as the Prime Minister. Our Deputy Leader will move the confidence vote on December 12 in Parliament. The actions of the President has united all the members of the UNP,” the MP said.
(Source: Daily Mirror – By Yohan Perera)
You want the 19th Amendment to make Wimpy Wicks the Prime Minister.
The people of this country desire otherwise, to elect a Parliament with a strong leader with an absolute majority which does not rely on terrorists and ex-terrorists.
Dear Mr MP
You are right .we must abolish executive presidency.
We dont need emperors or kings
We need a genuine person
People in this country will request all the Ministers, MPs to publish their wealth and income statements. To be publish in every 2 years and all the details to be publish in newspapers and media.
This MP shown significant change of his wealth after becoming a minister. There are several like this.
Declaration of wealth is already there in Law. But whether its done methodically, nobody knows.
Also where records are kept, top secret, my dear friend.
Recently, the wealth declaration of Hon PM, Ranil Wickremasinghe was sought by Transparency International under the RTI Laws; the Presidential Secretariat was instructed to release this information to TI.
That is the way to go.
If you require Mr A Perera’s wealth, request that it be released under RTI.
I will soon find out and let you know where the application under RTI should be submitted.