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Joint Attempt by President Sirisena and Prime Minister Wickremesinghe to Abolish the Executive Presidency Thwarted as Ministers Decide After Heated Arguments not to Discuss Issue Due to Presidential Elections Being Announced

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Kelum Bandara

A last ditch attempt to abolish the executive presidency by President Maithripala Sirisena and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe was thwarted in the Cabinet today.

Minister Mano Ganeshan said the government has decided at the special cabinet meeting on the abolishment of the Executive Presidency not to discuss the matter at the moment.

“Special cabinet meeting on abolishing executive presidency unanimously decided after heated arguments not to discuss this matter now when the Election Commission has gazetted presidential elections. A vast majority of government ministers declared that ‘we will go for presidential elections and win’,” the minister tweeted.

Sajith faction says no to abolishing executive presidency

The UNP group led by Minister Sajith Premadasa has informed Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe that they are against any move to abolish the executive presidency before the presidential election is held.

Minister Harin Fernando said any move on abolishing the executive presidency should happen after the presidential election.

“We have objected to any move to abolish the executive presidency. The group, led by Sajith Premadasa, informed the Premier of this opinion prior to the Cabinet meeting. Any move on this should happen after the presidential election. It is not correct to abolish executive presidency in a time where a presidential election has been called,” he said.

Courtesy:Daily Mirror