22 January, 2020

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Controversy Over The Abolition

By Laksiri Fernando

Dr. Laksiri Fernando

Dr. Laksiri Fernando

The controversy raised by Professor Kumar David over the ‘abolition’ of the executive presidential system, proposed in Maithripala Sirisena’s Manifesto, is simply unfortunate.

If there is any retraction of the move to abolish the executive presidential system after giving such a promise, by anyone, could arise out of two main reasons: (1) outright treachery (2) practical difficulties. It cannot arise out of the wording of a Manifesto. Such a situation therefore cannot be rectified by revising the Manifesto.

It appears to me that the wording of the Manifesto is formulated considering some of the practical issues without deviating from central issue of abolition of the executive presidential system.

Abolition of the arbitrary or authoritarian powers of the executive presidential system within 100 days is constitutionally feasible. This may amount to the abolition of the existing presidential system. That is what was indicated in the main MOU signed with the UNP and other political parties, as far as I understand. Then there is no need for a referendum. The procedure may be similar to the procedure of the 18th Amendment. If a complete abolition is attempted, for example the system of election of the President, that definitely require a referendum. Those aspects in fact are not the controversial aspects.

A referendum is also feasible within 100 days, if that is a single issue. But anyone who goes through the Manifesto could easily realize that it is not a single issue manifesto. Kumar David may be dissatisfied with that.

SRI LANKA-ELECTION-OPPOSITIONHowever, the abolition of the executive presidential system has taken the pivotal status in the manifesto. In this respect Kumar David is vindicated. It is the first section of the manifesto. Political measures are outlined to make the necessary constitutional amendment feasible. I have not seen any previous manifesto going into such details of changing the presidential system.

It is possible to argue that if six months were taken instead of three months (100 days), the complete abolition of the executive presidential system is possible with a referendum. Then when are we going to have a new constitution? It is best that task is left for the parliamentary elections. The design of a new constitution obviously requires and should take more time. A referendum is not something a country can have every other day. If the effort of a new president were for a single issue of abolition of the presidential system with a referendum, then it could have easily destabilize the country.

As the Manifesto has admirably outlined, there are other tasks such as the curtailment of corruption, punishing the perpetrators, fixing the Foreign Service, alleviating the economic grievances of the masses that should also take priority within 100 days. The main title of the Manifesto is quite admirable in this respect: “A Compassionate Governance; A Stable Country.”

Kumar has erroneously quoted one paragraph translated from the Sinhala Manifesto as follows.

In place of the executive presidency with arbitrary powers, a constitutional structure with an executive tied to Parliament through a Cabinet of Ministers will be established”.

My translation of the same paragraphs would read as follows.

The new constitutional structure would definitely be a constitutional structure with an executive amalgamated to Parliament through the Cabinet instead of the present authoritarian Executive Presidential System.”

There is also a formal translation in the English version of the Manifesto which I would not quote here not to confuse the readers. I do understand why Kumar went for an independent translation for this paragraph while an English version is available. However, he should have re-checked the translation before firing his usual gun.

I am not saying that the Sinhala formulations are ideal or completely clear/correct. It is formulated in broad terms for the general reader. It has not used the term ‘abolition’ (ahosikirima). The terms used in the overall section are ‘change’ (venas kirima) and ‘revision’ (sansodanaya kirima). If one goes through the whole manifesto the language is not ‘revolutionary.’ It is a sober language akin to soft spoken Sirisena.

But what is terribly missing in the translation that Kumar has presented is the phrase “instead of the present authoritarian Executive Presidential System” (daneta pavathina aththanomathika vidayaka janadipathi kramaya venuwata). Then he has also missed a crucial word “new” (nava) before what to be introduced instead of the present.

I cannot claim my translation is perfect. However, I have also given the Sinhala phrase or words (within brackets) that are missing in Kumar’s translation.

I do admit however that in the above (Kumar quoted) one sentence paragraph there is some ambiguity not in respect of constitutional change but in respect of the relationship between the ‘executive and parliament.’ The Sinhala word in the original is ‘sambandawu.’ Kumar has translated it as ‘tied.’ I have has used the term ‘amalgamated.’ The English Manifesto used the term ‘allied.’ I think none is clear because the original Sinhala word (sambandawu) is also not clear and not a constitutional term.

As Kumar has been (or claimed to be) the forerunner of the ‘single issue campaign’ and until recently he appeared to be supporting the ‘common candidate,’ I think he or one his colleagues should have asked a clarification directly from Maithripala Sirisena before coming out openly and calling it ‘treachery.’

It appears to me that Kumar has already made a considerable damage to the opposition movement. Mahinda Rajapaksa must be gleefully laughing. What a tragedy?

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    First of all, anyone can do a better job at governance compared to MR.

    I think that not immediately abolishing the executive presidency has a certain advantage or: purpose.

    What if Sirisena had written in his manifesto:

    * that 13A (+?) will be implemented?

    * that the army will be reduced by 50%?

    * that the cabinet will be reduced to 8 ministries?

    He might not even survive until Jan 8. Therefore, we should give him the benefit of the doubt. Let him implement his manifesto. He could become so popular implementing his manifesto that he gets a full majority to abolish the executive presidency. He is 63 years now, 12 years of non-or-less-executive presidency is a nice last job for a man his age.

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      Please don’t blame Kumar Damid:

      The developments only shows the muddy, willy-nilly, deceptive nature of Sri Lanakan politics since independence.

      With Mahanayakes, bhikkus, JHU, and many people have hands in the pie. I won’t be surprised if the Sirisena manifesto is designed to the detriment of Tamils, Muslims, Christians or ‘others’ to uphold the supremacy of Sinhala Buddhists.

      After all will the the Sinhala Buddhist ruling elite dare give up the foremost position endowed by the previous constitutions of independent Sri Lanka?

      Perhaps, hence the need to keep the presidency which is under threat.

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        .
        South wanted to enjoy the freedom of democracy, get rid of the dictator and war criminal, and wanted to control the whole island.
        :-)

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          aratai

          Are you saying in order to teach the South a lesson they would not forget you will oppose common candidate and campaign for MR?

          Its a good idea. why it never occurred to me?

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            Native Vedda,

            It is also possible that the threat of the North opposing the Common candidate may be the best, if not the only eye-opener for the South to galvanize with one-voice its support to the Common candidate, having seen the destruction the current regime has done and is capable of doing, if given another term!

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              Kumar R.

              You mean the North and South take turns to self destruct and you think that the people should actively support the process.

              It is also a brilliant idea, if you can’t stop them encourage them. If you need more help please ask Norway to speed up the process.

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                Great thinking.This way the Vedhas can have the last laughf as the other two tribles help mess each other up.

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                  Kirri Yakka

                  It is a cunning idea. I humbly own up to this great strategy.

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                Native Vedda,

                No – it is not to selfdestruct, but rather to wake the majority that had remained gullible, asleep, incompetent or what-have-you to make a choice that would be right for the country. The South has shown that in the past two elections that left to themselves they were unable to make the correct choice for the country.

                In fact you may have seen several bloggeres blaming LTTE for refraining, and thereby allowing the South to elect unwisely in 2007. Is the south unable to make the best choice by themselves?

                So, perhaps the threat that the North will refrain or oppose the Common candidate may be just the catalyst needed to wake up the South and galvanize towards what is best for the country – How is that destruction?

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          Dr.Kumar!

          Don’t behave like a child please.

          Don’t disrupt Maithri’s campaign like Mahinda’s goon are doing.

          Let us defeat Mahinda first.

          After that let us agitate to abolish the EP together with JVPers and others.

          Defeated Mahinda also might join the campaign against the EP system

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            Punchisngho

            “Let us defeat Mahinda first.”

            Yes. First Things First. Retire Medamulana MaRa, First.

            Punchi-singho, may I also call you Maha-singho?

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      “anyone can do a better job at governance compared to MR.”

      what could be more stupid than this statement? If you have 2 oz of brain, Gayan or whatever, just think for a moment. If they are better at governance will the opposition campign be in such a mess. The group is slowly disintegrating, the manifesto is a mess that revealed the lies about aboloshing the presidency, the list goes on.

      You are trying to make black white here. Next you will want us to believe that Mangala has a new girlfriend too!

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        Dudly Malli

        “Next you will want us to believe that Mangala has a new girlfriend too!”

        Hollywood movie star Rock Hudson was once married to Phyllis Gates for about three years, why not Mangala?

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      Dear Dr. Fernando,

      Thank you for an excellent analysis on the China’s historical links with Sri Lanka.Since you have obviously not seen my comment on that article ,I am reposting it here , as follows , in the hope you would kindly respond.

      Could you kindly tell me where the Collected Works of Yong Rong could be accessed on the web?Any other Chinese and other sources ( both web and others) in regard to China’s relations with a) South and also b) South East Asia would be most appreciated.

      Regards.

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        The Yong One,

        You might not find collected works of Young Rong online. But you can have a limited preview of Levathen Louise’s “When China Ruled the Seas” on line which gives a fair description of the encounter. It has an interesting chapter on “The Strange Kingdoms of Malacca and Ceylon” (Chapter 6). However in some previews this chapter is also not available. The collected works (Yong Wenmin Gong Ji – if I am not mistaken) is available only in good libraries.

        “Zheng He’s Maritime Voyages (1405-1433)” is also a good compilation for the period yet the preview on line is limited.

        I am sorry if this information is not sufficient.

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          Dr. Fernando

          Thank you very much.

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      Dear Dr. Fernando,

      Thank you for an excellent analysis on the China’s historical links with Sri Lanka.Since you have obviously not seen my comment on that article ,I am reposting it here , as follows , in the hope you would kindly respond.

      Could you kindly tell me where the Collected Works of Yong Rong could be accessed on the web?Any other Chinese and other sources ( both web and others) in regard to China’s relations with a) South and also b) South East Asia would be most appreciated.

      Thanks & Regards.

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      JR created the monster, he showed signs of the ugliness of this monster when he said that he could do anything other than sex change. Low cast ‘Hina’ , community leader Premadasa, son of the nation, was completely become a monster in his final years in power, astrologists were his main advisers in that period like what MR do now… I am not sure about CBK become uglier than Premadasa. MR is clearly the ugliest leader created by this Monster power JR created.
      Now what Sobitha Sadu lead community power want the next leader Sirisena to be? Another ugly Monster? SL culture has all the ingredients to create the next Ugly Monster? We see signs as Prof David and Prof Sumanasiri Liyanage pointed out…….
      What shall we do? ?

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      I don’t think that Prof, David’s call for withdrawal of support for Maithiri Sirisena if ,,,…………….. Maithiri Srisena is a common candidate agreed upon a complete discussion with all parties involved about the executive power. I am sure everyone would have good understanding of what he has to do if elected. Before making clear about what he meant in his manifesto, such a public call create a doubt among people who are decided to vote against Rajapakse. IF Mahinda would have used the executive power properly giving independence to all institutions and ruled the nation by the law, nobody would have asked for a change in the constitution to remove the executive system. The immediate need is to remove the person who is misused the system for the personal benefit and he violated what his expected from the system. Mahinda along with a group of people violated against the constituion and its intention. The purpose of the opposition should be first remove that barrier to make changes in the constituion that is capable of limiting the individuals from misusing the power for the benefit of people. In my opinion Prof David should have discussed this with Maithiri or Chandrika or Ranil before making a public noise. What would Prof. David do if he withdraws his support to Maithiri? Is he going to vote for Mahinda to establish his kingdom with his corrupted group of thugs?

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      This real Sinhala Intellectuals manifesto. Certainly it will work with the Sinhala Buddhist. But getting to the chair and sitting on that is another talk.

      “First of all, anyone can do a better job at governance compared to MR”

      It would have been better to challenge Kings popularity in that direction rather than fooling the people with abolishing the EP.

      The small kids make a joke in Tamils. Panda are five brothers. They start with that. then they say and do like this. “Pandava are like the legs of a bed ‘three'” they show to the people “2” in their fingers and make a line on the paper with a pencil to indicate one(1) after that turn around the pencil to the eraser side and erase the even the one they write.

      When we are though with MY3, we can say “First of all, anyone can do a better job at governance compared to MS”

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      Dr. Laksiri Fernando

      RE: Controversy Over The Abolition

      First Things First. Retire Medamulana MaRa and his Family Dictatorship.

      Towards that Some Sri Lankan writer or Writers with Guts, like those who wrote the MS Manifesto, need to write the Common Sense Pamphlet, Sri Lanka 2014, just like what Thomas Paine did in 1776 for the American Revolution. Hpwever, the Sri Lankan writers for the Common candidate Mr. Maitripala sirisena had no problem in comming with a manifesto.

      https://www.colombotelegraph.com/index.php/manifesto-launched-rajapaksas-attempting-to-spread-terrorism-paranoia-maithri/

      Unfortunately, herding Sri Lankan writers to write the Common Sense Pamphlet, Sri Lanka 2014 is like herding cattle. The Sri Lankan writers keep saying Baeeee, Baeeee, and Baeee, only cattle seem to comprehend.

      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Common_Sense_%28pamphlet%29

      Dr. Laksiri Fernando. can you be the Cow Boy of these writers and lead them to finish the Common Sense Pamphlet, Sri Lanka 2014?

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    The guy is a complete fruitcake. For abolition one needs 2/3 first or another referendum.

    If the general election after 100 days results in 2/3 seats then reform is possible. Hence why its left open ended.

    I don’t know why the guy is complaining because the alternative is genocide anyway. The childish nutbag is counting the teeth of the gift horse.

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    Fantastic!

    So lets not support Maithripala and let MaRa win again.

    This is Tamil logic unfortunately.

    They did this in 2005 and look what happened to Tamils!

    Something is better than nothing!

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    My Dear Laksiri,

    Thank you for your earnest attempt to white wash the common candidate. Of course your explanation does not address the concerns raised by Prof David, which goes beyond the mere technicality of the words in the Manifesto.

    The truth is that after promising ‘abolishing the executive presidency’ we now have still have an ‘executive amalgamated (in your words) to the Parliament’, Washing away the separation of powers a little more. Can you dear Laksiri, or anyone else explain or describe what kind of constitution, government, we will have 100 days after January 9 if Mr Sirisena wins the election. The truth is you cannot.

    My question dear Laksiri, is this how we should treat the Constitution of the republic? Are you willing to trust this man, who laughed off rumors of ship jumping, nominated the president as the candidate from the SLFP and joined the opposition a few days later, who promised to abolish the executive presidency within 100 days?

    Mrs Bandaranayake Kumarathunga, after trying for 12 years failed, Rajapaksa having promised to abolish for the last 10 years never even attempted, have we not learned our lesson here? The practical difficulties of changing the constitution poses problems. The manifesto admits as such. So are you willing to give a blank cheque to Mr Sirisena to play with the widely ambiguous words “The new constitutional structure would definitely be a constitutional structure with an executive amalgamated to Parliament through the Cabinet instead of the present authoritarian Executive Presidential System.”

    Hey, all cabinet ministers are members of Parliament, is that enough amalgamation?

    The point is Mr. Laksiri, we have a politician who has learned from being side by side with the shrewd operator that is Mahinda, has learned how the master manipulates Parliament to retain power, how to put his brothers in positions of power to ensure his security. This man is not short of brothers and some of them have undesirable histories. One, allegedly with enough rice mills to control a monopoly, hotels, sand mining, rock quarries, hotels, construction contracts in his entire district, has proven to be two faced. With the enormous practical difficulties ‘so called’ he has already made excuses for, how sure are you that you are not trading dictators.

    At least with the current one, we know where we stand, we are going forward and not backwards as a country.

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    Tiran has approached Kumar on behalf of MARA

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      Sirisena

      “Tiran has approached Kumar on behalf of MARA” and

      Kumar can’t see the forest for the trees.

      Kumar, the goal is to retire Medamulana MaRa, in case you do not comprehend.

      I was under the impression that most Tamil Madus and Mootals were washed out in 2005, 2009 and 2010.

      While there are some trees, Tamils should not forget that we we are in the woods and can’t see forest for the trees and lost ..in the MaRa dictatorship.

      can’t see the forest for the trees definition

      An expression used of someone who is too involved in the details of a problem to look at the situation as a whole: “The congressman became so involved in the wording of his bill that he couldn’t see the forest for the trees; he did not realize that the bill could never pass.”

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    The PRIMARY target of this election should be: To bring down the corrupt, brutal and barbaric regime of Mahinda Rajapakse on January 8. Everything else is SECONDARY for the time being.

    But, remember, (as I repeatedly say) this election will be known as the most violent, unfair and corrupt election ever in the post-independent history of Sri Lanka. Therefore, nobody should be surprised to see Rajapaksa touting a fake victory in state media on January 9.

    The answer is this: Voters should rush to the ballot-box in their hundreds of thousands, PUBLICLY displaying their support to the SWAN symbol in front of TV cameras (irrespective of their political differences).This will expose a ‘fake-victory’ on January 9 and show the whole world who the true-winners are prior to the declaration of election results. Such a visually convincing demonstration will be vital to challenge a ‘fraudulent victory’ with PEOPLE’s POWER on January 10. [See my Facebook Wall under Vasantha Raja]

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    If the Manifesto could be translated into English why not in Tamil? Does Sirisena thinks that the entire tamil race has been wiped out in Mullivaikkal or tamil language has no place in Srilanka?

    In Tamil areas Mahinda addresses meetings in Tamil. What about Sirisena? Can he speak a word in Tamil?

    Mr Fernando please tell us who is better devil?

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      I quite agree with RM. To my knowledge up to now there is no Tamil translation of the “Manifesto”. A document that decides the future of Sri Lanka is published only in Sinhalese language. This shows the ignorance of the formulators towards the Tamil and Muslim people in our country. How could one expect votes from Tamils if you do not respect or at least recognize their presence. In this modern world of nano technology it is possible to obtain a Tamil translation of a document, however large,within 05 minutes. The Commons must go to Mahinda with a sheaf of betel leaves and learn from him how to practice politics. Latter is a tri-lingual personality and speaks at least for few minutes in Tamil in meetings. Although I do not agree with his politics I have observed his progress in learning languages and I respect him for his courage. By that behavior he is showing his respect to the Tamil nationals and also to the English speaking communities.

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    Prof.Kumar David has jumped the gun. The English version of manifesto is a poor translation. This is blatantly apparent. I was confused by the controversial sentence too. After repeated reading of the whole manifesto, it became clear that what is proposed is that executive power will be exercised by a cabinet selected from among the parliamentarians.
    Dr.Rajasingham Narendran

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    “Abolishing the Executive Presidential System with unlimited powers”. That’s the subheading in bold type on p 14 of the Manifesto. Laksiri’s argument is therefore not quite accurate.

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      You may interpret it as you feel:

      There are two main groups in the country today being unable to see it right

      a) The rural people – that are keet away from any ground realities about the danger of the state (not revealing them about facts and figures checks and balances about so called gigantic development projects)

      b) Senior educated people like you – that believe RW, CBK, JHU, Sobitha fraction cant bring it to the right way. Sadly you guys know nothing about the gravity of the problems of current day- which is the multi billion wastages of Rajapakshe family.

      I have no doubt – people are matured enough to get it this time. We must have a change for the betterment of the nation

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      You know the truth. Nothing is going to be abolished. Nothing can be abolished. Ranil is dead against removing EP system that was brought by his party. How can somebody who accpeted to work with Ranil remove EP?

      But let me ask a question, If any part of the EP can be removed that easy without Referendum, with out 2/3 in the parliament then will that be any harder to put back without any of those? So what is this CC gang is bragging about in this as a big deal?

      Now, Prof. Laksiri has publicly accepted that removing EP or make it not a returnable authority is not possible. In other words, Prof.Lasiri has excused King or CBK who could not eliminate the EP after they promised in their elections. Only thing Prof. Laksiri has yet to accept the “100 days abolition of EP” was originally a big propaganda trick played by this CC group to collect some manpower. But those who honestly believed is now disappointed.

      There are many had repeatedly questioned in the CT about the truth of the “100 Days” game. But the group kept was stressing it as it is possible up to now. Now they are flip flopping.

      I am sure that King will say something on his manifesto about EP. If it is about out right removal of it how many are ready to return to his camp? Will they commit here, rather than latter. Will the SI CC group will recommend Kings manifesto instead of My3’s manifesto to consideration. Will Sobitha Thero, DR.Jeyampathy vote to King?

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    Firstly let me state that any regime sans MR will never be worse than the current regime. MR’s regime has fallen into such low depths to which no other regime can fall into. To those who say a known devil is better than an unkonwn angel,I say an unkown devil is better than the Demon we have.

    Therefore the current focus should not be about the system of the future government but purely on the campaign on hand to defeat this Dictator at the polls. All other issues should be secondary to the main focus.

    What made the the current executive Presidential system so distasteful are the 18th amendment to remove the two term restriction and the repeal of the 17th amendment wherby all aspects of public life were politicised. So, as a minimum, if these two issues can be addressed, it will go a long way in establishing some checks and balances between the Executive, Judiciary and the Legislature.

    The only major constitutional reform that MR introduced during his tenure in Office were these two pieces of legislation. He obviously did this with the main purpose on entrenching his power and ruling the Country for life. He also introduced a Bill to empower his Brother Basil as the Economic Development Minister and when the CJ made a ruling adverse to his intentions, he summoned all his powers to eliminate her. That is the unlimited power he wielded.

    There is some commentary on MS’s Manifesto. But where is MR’s Manifesto? Doesn’t that say a lot? He very well knew in advance that he was going for a snap election but did not think it necessary to inform the Masses of what he stands for. He is trying to hoodwink the voters again. Not that what he says in the Manifesto will mean much. It will be the same old rhetoric.

    MR manufactured a 2/3 majority in parliament illegally by bribing MP’s with inducements. He had a good opprtunity to bring true Peace to SL. But he has squandered all such opportunities by turning into a tyrant and distator with no care for the suffering masses and the welfare of the country as whole.

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    Ranil.W… of UNP and CBK of ex-SLFP leader of House of Banadarake which are the political manipulators working behind the screen, that on behalf vested interest of Western Big power of re-colonization
    Sri lanka.

    Ranil and CBK never agreed to abolished Executive Presidency of Republic of Sri lanka. It is not that mistake by M.Sirisena,it is deliberated done by wish and will of CBK and Ranil.W…
    This grate and master plan led by UNP-Ranil.W.. and CBK to achieve that goal of Authoritarian Rule of US back puppet regime led by M.Sirisena, that the after Presendintal election in 2015 January.

    Democratic norms of Politics will never comes from US led puppet regime, that politically ignorant man like M.Sirisena has no voice to be safeguard rights and values of democracies.. Sorry to say that poor person like M. Sirisena is not Political Elites, he has no knowledge of 1215 Magna Carta, Habeas Corpus Act 1679,Bill of Rights 1689,and….that origin of Democracy, in Sri lanka!

    Declaration of Independence 1776 of foundation of USA says ” we hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by the Creator with certain inalienable rights, that among these Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness……
    That whenever any Form of GOVERMENT become DESTRUCATIVE OF THSES ENDS,
    IT IS THE RIGHT OF THE PEOPLE TO ALTER OR TO ABOLISH IT…..”
    CBK and UNP Ranil.W.. are they NOT going keep this promised by their so-called Election Manifesto put by M. Sirisena propose regime?

    This is political hypocrisy of CBK and is that UNP Democracy of political catastrophic of Republic.

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    Very clear. There is going to be a continuation of the “executive presidential system” while some of its existing powers are “abolished”. Which of its powers will be abolished is not clear so some inconsequential powers may be abolished while the superstructure of the edifice is allowed to remain. OR It may be abolished in Sinhala and allowed to remain in English and Tamil.

    All this will be done by a new president who has already demonstrated that he is perfectly willing and able to carry on the methods of governance being used by the current regime by preventing the law taking action to punish his own son and sons friends for one of the most brutal assaults the world has seen, made on Asela Waidyalankara.

    The Colombo Telegraph despite its boasts of being a champion of the free press and free speech has repeatedly edited out and refuses to publish the link to an investigative report on this assault published by D.B.S JeyaRaj. This selectivity stands in the true tradition of the way the doctrine of human rights is used selectively.

    The common candidate for his part refuses to apologize for this subversion of law and order and guarantee that he will change his ways and ensure that the law takes action against his son and sons friends and punishes them for their criminal behavior.

    I do not see the point in electing another dictator. If the common candidate is of the same ilk as the incumbent then why vote him in?

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    Prof Kumar David should ask Mr Sirisena a direct question, instead of relying on translations. Are you for the abolishment of the Executive Presidential system? Yes or No

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    An important step to re-establish Law and Order and ensure justice to all, is the abolition of the PTA.
    This should be done very early in “the 100 days”.
    Due to this obnoxious law which does not exist in civilised nations, a separate “system of (in)justice” now prevails, and,
    a public servant is allowed to exercise judicial powers over citizens in an arbitrary manner.

    At present, this ‘law’ is exercised mainly in the north and east to bolster the State Terrorism like “law enforcement” in these areas.

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    Whatever way one does the interpretation one thing is very clear – MR
    MUST go. All these point out to a change in Governance. Does not MRs
    track-reccord to-date point to his NOT getting a THIRD term, through a
    democratic process? DJ may arrange a Chinese Nobel prize for eliminating
    so-called Terrorism.!!!

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    This is the problem when “Big Pandithayas” get involved in running the affairs of the country. The “PROFESSOR” thinks he is the “God Mighty” representing the PEOPLE of the country. Most of these PROFESSORS are in more than one occasion are “NUTTY” and do posses a “Tunnel Vision”. They think, unless their “words” are put in the mouth of the general public; all such ordinary guys are “worthless” nit wits. Most of the time they also fail to read between the lines and bring misery to us.As pointed out by the writer and commentators , this “PROFESSOR” should have at least had the “common sense” to discuss with the Common Candidate and the allied parties for a clarification before making public announcements. Why he didn’t do it? Then he would not have had an opportunity to SHINE and give vent to his EGO. But he little realized, he has undressed in public. Why do we have to listen to these “PANDITHAYAS”? Better to leave them on the way side and go on our way in the most modest and constructive way.

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    The confusion brings to light the historic problems facing Srilanka,
    the paronoia of Majority commuinity and their Sinhala upermacist/Mahavamsa Mind Set.

    1.The very fact the Election Manifesto of the Common Candidate(such an important document)was not published in Tamil, goes to show the callous disregard for the opinion and feelings of Tamil speaking Minority in the Island,despite Tamil being a national language.

    2.The watered down version of curtailing the executive presidential power with out explicit mention of constitutional difficulties associated with complete abolition of Executive presidency,is due to the fact the JHU(a Sinhala Fascist Outfit) is not interested in such an exercise.

    3.Common candidate goes to extreme extend to prove his Sinhala Buddhist Credential by making statements about not supporting and international/Impartial inquiry into human rights abuses during war, with callous disregard for Minority opinion or feelings.

    4.Common Candidate is yet to Visit a Hindu Temple,a Church or a Mosque at least as a public relations exercise,Which goes to show the arrogance and callous disregard for any other belief other than Buddhism.(MR went to Thirupathi and Visited a Mosque)

    5.The fact that Common candidate has not made any statement about the immediate problems facing the North/East such as Militarization, Land acquisition,the excesses committed by Provincial Governor goes to show that Campaign committee considers Tamil speaking people as persona non grata.
    (Wiki: literally meaning “an unwelcome person,” refers to a foreign person whose entering or remaining in a particular country is prohibited by that country’s government. It is the most serious form of censure which one country can apply to foreign diplomats, who are otherwise protected by diplomatic immunity from arrest and other normal kinds of prosecution.)

    6.This is the same attitude the Sinhala Buddhist Supremacist have since 1948.
    Time and again they have proved that the Tamil community is not welcomed,with Tearing apart Banda-Chelva Pact under pressure from Buddhist Fascists,JR’s Kandy March,Tearing up of Dudley-Chelva Pact,Non implementation of 13 th amendment and flagrantly violating the constitution of the country despite Indo-Srilanka Accord.Non implementaion of the Governments own LLRC report provisions.

    Having said all these The Tamils have no choice but to Vote MR out.

    But a solution with dignity and honor for the National problem will remain illusive until the International Community Decides to intervene and hold a referendum.

    Sinhala Majority has to decide whether they want Tamil Speaking people as equal citizens or let go of the North East.

    Decision is theirs.

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    This Professor is diametrically opposite to Professor David..

    This dude can spin even better than Warny…

    BTW, can Sira makes Ranil PM with 50 MPs out of the total 225?..

    Even if the 45 which Sira promised to deliver in Santa’s bag , when he visits the Christian Faction in Srikotha for the X Mas do are added, It will be still only 85 ..

    Sorry,just 84 because ex UNP heavy , merry Mervyn has retracted already..

    Never mind referendums, can Ranil get rid of 18 A with 84 votes..

    Or Ravi Karunanayaka the CF Heavy and part time Investment Banker for Galleon Fund, already put in place the finance deals for the LKR 500 Mil each , which the UNP has alleged is the going rate for the crossovers ?.

    I mean these MPs want something substantial to look after their loved ones and themselves after the 23 April..

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    Whoa! good people. When I asked my cookie, my fishmonger and the honcho at my local hitapan machan tabaruma about this, they all told me clearly “we don’t know about those things, Sir, what we know for certain is that on January 8th we will vote for Maithripala Sirisena”.

    My3, You3, Our3, Them3. Another day closer to Nirvana.

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    I do not think Kumar has “jumped the gun”. DBS Jeyaraj’s article that graphically describes the superb tactical moves with which our “hope for democracy” subverted the law in order to prevent it taking action against his son has been removed! Knowing DBS this could not have happened without some serious arm twisting.

    It looks as though “heaven” has decided that friendship shall win at any cost, hang democracy hang freedom of speech, hang rule of law and all that. Soon the white vans of friendship shall arrive to “render” all those who have different ideas.

    Lanka oh Lanka you are truly headed from the frying pan into the fire!

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    Dr Laksiri Fernando,

    The controversy over the ‘abolition’ of the executive presidential system proposed in the election manifesto is rather unfortunate.

    It is only a request for a general mandate.

    One should not expect more from the politicians. Details will be discussed and finalized subsequently after the victory.

    A word for word interpretation is unnecessary at this stage.

    A perusal of the Indian Constitution will reveal a unique sharing of power arrangement between an indirectly elected President and a Council of Ministers elected through a parliamentary electoral system.

    Does the Indian constitution is an executive Presidential system or a West Minister type Parliamentary system?

    I just reproduce the relevant articles of the indian constitution below;

    53(1)The Executive Power of the union shall be vested in the president and shall be exercised by him either directly or through subordinates to him in accordance with the constitution.

    74(1) There shall be a council of ministers with the prime minister at the head to aid and advice the president who shall in the exercise of his functions act in accordance with such advice.

    Dr Fernando, for your observations please!

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