Tuesday, 21st September 2021

President Gotabaya: Willing to abolish 19th Amendment if given two-third majority in parliament

Colombo, Dec 02 (BAN/ AD): President Gotabaya has said that he is willing to abolish the 19th Amendment to the Constitution if the necessary majority in Parliament is obtained.

During an interview with the Suhasini Haidar of The Hindu during his visit to India he made this comment. He said the 19th Amendment, which curtailed powers of the executive presidency and introduced term limits, had proved to be a “failure”, and should be scrapped.

He said “For a country to be governed successfully, you need stability. This was not the case during the Sirisena-Wickremsinghe government, where they were fighting all the time and there was no development. Without stability, investors won’t come.”

The President said it is more important to give the [Tamils] development, and a better living. In terms of freedoms, and political rights there are already provisions in the constitution.

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