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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2707

Media Minister Questions on Sri Lanka’s Marxist Party’s Moral Right

[caption id="attachment_4383" align="alignright" width="460" caption="Media Minister Lakshman Yapa Abeywardena with country’s Executive President Mahinda Rajapaksa in a ceremony ( File Photo)"]Media Minister Lakshman Yapa Abeywardena with country’s Executive President Mahinda Rajapaksa in a ceremony ( File Photo)[/caption]

Anjana Jayashan reporting from Colombo

Colombo, 20 August, ( Sri Lankan Government stresses that abolishing the executive presidency or amending the country’s Constitution will only be decided under the majority of the peoples’ mandate at an election.
Media Minister Lakshman Yapa Abeywardena speaking to the media personnel yesterday (August 19) in Colombo said that the government will take decisions on abolishing the executive presidency or amending the Constitution only with general public’s consent.

Media Minister made these observations following the country’s Marxist party, People’s Liberation Front known as Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP)’s assertion that the President Mahinda Rajapaksa has no moral right to hold another Presidential election as he had already pledged to abolish the Executive Presidency before his term ends.

The Minister answering the JVP sad that they do not have a moral right to demand the President to abolish the executive presidency as they had also violated the MOU signed with the ruling party before the last general election.

Media Minister’s accusation against the JVP was the JVP’s leaving the government some time after the last general election. He said that according to the MOU signed by the JVP and then Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa at the Temple Trees on September 08, 2005 JVP had accepted to be with the ruling coalition.

JVP General Secretary Tilvin Silva in a letter addressed to the President Rajapaksa had said that he has neither moral right nor any possibility of holding another Presidential election according to the mandate received at the Presidential election in 2005.

Minister Abeywardena speaking further said that the not only the JVP but also the main opposition; United National Party (UNP) make various baseless allegations against the UPFA government as their popularity is decreasing speedily.

The Minister expressed confidence that the public will join hands with the government in the coming presidential election in this connection. The last Presidential election was held on November 17, 2005 and meanwhile, several ruling party key ministers and officials had revealed that a Presidential election would be held in next year.

- Asian Tribune -

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