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Health Minister and Co-Cabinet spokesperson Dr. Rajitha Senaratne said today that the government had moved away from its pledge to abolish the Executive Presidency.

Responding to a question by a journalist at the weekly Cabinet press briefing at the Government Information Department, Minister Senaratne said “What the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) says does not matter. The Government will work to keep its pledge at the elections.”

He also said that President Maithripala Sirisena is of the view that the Executive Presidency should go.

“I have no idea what kind of decision has been taken by the SLFP at a party meeting. I can assure you that the President as well as the Government are totally for the abolition of the Executive Presidency,” he told the media.