Wednesday, 27 August 2014 00:00
The Leader of the People’s Movement for a Just Society the Venerable Maduluwawe Sobhitha Thero yesterday said if President Mahinda Rajapaksa fails to abolish the executive presidency, then he will gather the support of the public to field a common candidate at the next presidential elections.
Speaking to reporters after meeting the Chief Prelates in Kandy yesterday, Sobhitha Thero said that the main target of his movement is to ensure the executive presidency is abolished.
The monk said that even the current President had spoken against the executive presidency and so if he fails to abolish it, then a common candidate will be supported to do that. He noted that even the Chief Prelates had previously called for the executive presidency to be abolished.
The Venerable Maduluwawe Sobhitha Thero said that to ensure democracy is protected, a prime minister who is responsible to Parliament should be appointed while the executive presidency is abolished.
He also noted that the 17th Amendment to the Constitution must be fully implemented to ensure the administration of Government institutions is in the right hands. (Colombo Gazette)