18 May, 2022


Diminishing Executive Powers; President Rajapaksa Also Promised The Same: Maithri

With the much awaited enactment of the 19th Amendment to the Constitution, the people of Sri Lanka will experience the true meaning of ‘democracy and peace’, said President Maithripala Sirisena, after he began the second reading of the 19th Amendment to the Constitution in the Parliament today (27).

MaithripalaThe President went on to say the people of the country are of the view that the arbitrary powers of the executive presidency must be diminished. “This was included in the Mahinda Chintana as well. Which means, those who voted in favour of former President Mahinda Rajapaksa also wanted the 19th Amendment be implemented,” he further said.

The President also urged all the members to unanimously support to pass the amendment for the sake of the future generation.

“During the Presidential polls in 1994 and 1999, former President Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga pledged to diminish the executive powers of the presidency. President Rajapaksa also promised the same, but failed to bring about what he promised. This is a historic chapter in the city’s history where we about to make the much awaited change,” President Maithripala added.

Prior to the debate on the 19th Amendment to the Constitution, President Maithripala said he was the only President who had been so flexible and committed to reducing or curtailing the excessive powers of the executive presidency.
“Sri Lanka has no international enemies now because of our successful approach towards the international community. The new government and its commitment to enact the 19th Amendment has received immense support from the international community,” the President said.


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  • 18

    Mr. Sirisena,
    You are a great human being than I thought. Among most of evil and foolish SL politicians, you are unbelievably wise man who has a clear vision and courage.. Where were you in the last 40 years, I believe people evolve too…. We all will worship you if you get those fools in the parliament to raise their hands to 19A and get rid of most of those dictatorial powers which has been a curse to the country..

  • 14

    Thank you Mr.President for your generousity in reducing the powers vested on you as President of this country. You have kept your promises to the people of this country. We are grateful to Ranil, Chandrika and all others who were instrumental in selecting you as the common candidate and your acceptance with all risks associated with same.. By your victory and defeat of the dictator MR you have given a new lease of life to all Srilankans..

    You have proved you are a statesman and you will go in the history of our country. May the Almighty God Bless you with long life, good health, peace and harmony.

  • 9

    President Sirisena will go down in History as the King who abdicated!

    • 3


      …. and Medamulana Meeharaka will go down in history as King of all Kings who dictated!

  • 1

    How humble and simple is our present President compared to the former “King of all Kings with his royal family, extended royal family and band of corrupt followers who were in right royal comfort

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