The Executive Presidency should be abolished as promised by President Maithripala Sirisena and all the powers must be transferred to Parliament, SLFP MP in the Joint Opposition, Kumara Welgama stressed.

When asked as to what the policies of the new political party in the offing would be, he said that new policies would be brought only if a new political party is formed.

The majority of the people do not like the state of the economy although a certain section of the population does, he observed.
“It was one of Sirisena’s Election promises to abolish the executive presidency. He pledged this at the funeral of late Convener of the National Movement for Social Justice, Ven. Maduluwawe Sobitha Thera. There should be a ceremonial President. Why cannot we go for a referendum’, he asked.

The MP said the son of the former leader was being prosecuted and described it as political revenge by the government.
He said the Sri Lanka Freedom Party and the government must think about the country and act. ‘Former Prime Minister, Sirimavo Bandaranaike was against the formation of a joint Government with the United National Party. In Parliament, there is only the Government and the Opposition. The United People’s Freedom Alliance too should not be in the joint Government,’ he opined.