Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa has urged the Government to give priority to abolish the Executive Presidency. He added that President Maithripala Sirisena has stressed on the need to give priority to solve the problems of the Tamil people while Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe has also spoken on the need to devolve power. However Rajapaksa says the single most important slogan in the ‘good governance’ campaign was the abolition of the Executive Presidency with electoral reform coming next.
He stressed that constitutional reform should focus on abolishing the executive presidency and bringing about electoral reform. More contentious matters such as the devolution of power can be dealt with later. The yahapalana government should respect the public opinion that they themselves helped create.
He charged that in a TV discussion broadcast last Sunday, the President publicly endorsed the proposed Economic and Technological Cooperation Agreement (ETCA) with India. All members of the SLFP serving in the Government will now have to make a very personal decision as to where they stand on this matter which will have far reaching consequences for Sri Lanka.