The Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) informed that they would be meeting representatives of political parties, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe and President Maithripala Sirisena with the view of arriving at a mutual consensus and understanding regarding achieving the Presidential promise of abolishing the Executive Presidency.
The JVP has already met and discussed the matter with the Sri Lanka Muslim Congress, the All Ceylon Makkal Congress, the Tamil National Alliance and the Communist Party of Sri Lanka, and time permitting intends to meet all other political parties including the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) and the United National Party.
JVP MP Vijitha Herath criticized the SLFP for ignoring the matter and dragging their feet on the process by making statements on various platforms with regard to not going ahead with any constitutional reforms which required a referendum.
“We cannot allow this to be the case as the abolition of the Executive was a promise made by President Sirisena and we must ensure that this is fulfilled,” he noted.
Previously, the Supreme Court in its opinion on the 19th Amendment to the Constitution judged that a referendum was essentially required if the Executive Presidency was to be done away with.
“A new Constitution is being proposed. The abolition of the Executive Presidency is one of the main aspects in and of it. Our stance is that it should be abolished. The purpose of these discussions is to arrive at a mutual consensus and understanding regarding the matter of the abolition of the Executive Presidency and to bring to fruition the abolition of the Executive presidency, which is a promise made by Sirisena,” Herath explained.