21 September, 2020

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Fingerprints Of The JHU All Over The Constitutional Proposal; Sirisena Reneges On His Pledge

By Kumar David

Prof. Kumar David

Prof. Kumar David

Mr Sirisens’s Manifesto caused consternation and disappointment among those who trusted his pledge to rescind the hated autocratic executive presidency and replace it with a democratic parliamentary system. What he now offers is “an essentially Executive” presidency wrapped in a honeyed sentence about an alliance with “Parliament through Cabinet”; what’s new in that! If Mr Sirisena does not amend his position, as far as hope of ending authoritarian autocratic structures goes, this election will degenerate into farce. Jettisoning hopelessly failed Mr Rajapkse for untested Mr Sirisena, under a similar constitutional system, may do a little good but only for a few months.

There are two points of view in the Opposition. The minority, like me, hold that the central task is to dismantle authoritarianism, the structural framework without which abuses and corruption could not have gone to such extremes. We would of course welcome the defeat of Mr Rajpakse as an additional bonus. On the other side are the empiricists, the superficial majority, who see all evil in the subjective failings of the Rajapakse clan and regime, and seek to replace these with other persons. They are not opposed to abolishing the presidential system, but personalities are more important for them. Superficial, born to be chagrined every six years, they will weep the same lament again soon. In the last 10 days I have had sharp differences with friends on the Left who wring their hand and wail “Shhh! Kumar don’t make a fuss; don’t upset the applecart; don’t criticise Mr Sirisena’s capitulation to the JHU”. Shallow men with no strategic perspective; I will talk about strategy at the end.

The damaging contradiction

The Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was the basis on which millions backed Mr Sirisena as a Common Candidate. Notice the explicit pledge to “abolish” and the explicit reference to a “Parliamentary system”. There is no ambiguity unless Mr Sirisena’s handlers attempt the dodge of hanging on the word “present” to imply that they intended all along to replace one EP by another EP! If they try this dodge what further deceptions are we in line for down the road?

The present executive presidential system will be abolished within a hundred days and replaced by a Parliamentary form accountable to the people. Under the Parliamentary system, the President will symbolize national unity and have duties and powers appropriate to the position.

Now let us look at the Manifesto which was released after nominations closed. I quote from page 14. A box highlighted in bold type on the middle of the page says the same thing.

The new Constitutional structure would be essentially an Executive allied with the Parliament through the Cabinet instead of the present autocratic Executive Presidential System. Under it the President would be equal with all other citizen before the law. I guarantee that in the proposed Constitutional Amendment I will not touch any Constitutional Article that could be changed only with the approval at a Referendum. I also ensure that I will not undertake any amendment that is detrimental to the stability, security and sovereignty of the country. My amendments will be only those that facilitate the stability, security and sovereignty of the country.

[Some donkeys in articles and comments in Colombo Telegraph said: “The translation is defective; Kumar should go see Mr Sirisena or Ranil and seek clarification”. Oh really! If the translation is crappy whose job is it, mine or the candidates, to fix it? Which, by the way, is the original, English or Sinhala?]

JHU Maithri MOUThe system will be “essentially Executive”, we are told. It will be “allied to Parliament through the Cabinet” we are told; what a cryptic choice of words! Allied but not answerable! Is the current president not similarly “allied”? If the government loses a vote of confidence the President carries on unchecked – the donkey of a Prime Minister gets kicked out. The President is insulated; “essentially” an Executive demigod. And what will be the powers of the Prime Minister? What the separation of powers between Cabinet/Government and President/State Power? This formulation is a ploy to hoodwink people and retain the Executive Presidential system with no more than cosmetic retouches. When it comes to drafting and enacting these words make room for anything.

I have a question. Why all this mumbo-jumbo if Mr Sirisena actually dislikes the Executive system and prefers a parliamentary system? Why did he not, or even now why does he not do it straight from the shoulder with no waffling and hedging? Many, this writer included, have supported Mr Sirisena’s candidature in numerous interventions. We said let us put up “even a broomstick” to win, abolish the Executive Presidential system and then he/she can go home. Never did we say put forward a broomstick to carry on with a redecorated Executive Presidency.

Mr Sirisena has reneged; he has betrayed. I am asking for absolutely nothing more than what he himself promised and led people to believe he would do. I repeat this a hundred times! Even now those who trusted him will be satisfied if he returns to the unambiguous promise he made. Why not a simple ‘abolish EP’ correction Mr Sirisena? It’s that simple, that’s all it will take to renew public confidence in your sincerity. Is it because of the JHU that you changed? I can see no other reason.

A JHU hijacked Manifesto

What Mr Sirisena offers reeks of JHU ideology. Observe that the objective is to ensure in every future act “stability, security and sovereignty”, not democratisation or power to the people. Superficially it seems innocuous, but this rhetoric is well known JHU-speak for saying devolution to Tamil areas, reduction of military interference in civilian affairs, and giving the NPC breathing space, are all out of the question. Democratisation is the elephant missing in this terminology.

The JHU seems to have taken over from Ranil-UNP and the CBK-Cluster as Mr Sirisena’s principal handler. Many Tamils and Muslims may still vote for him but that is not because they have the tiniest confidence in his new JHU inspired creed. It is because everyone is fed up with corruption and abuses of the incumbent, and the minorities remember what they suffered under Messrs Mahinda and Gotabhaya Rajapakse. Tamils will not switch sides and vote for Mr Rajapakse but there will be a large number of abstentions. The poor TNA is in a trap; it wants to back Mr Sirisena but cannot find a single reason (from a Tamil perspective) within the Manifesto why it should tell Tamils to overlook the JHU inspired formula. It can only say: ‘To reduce corruption and abuse in general, and to avenge past wrongs, reject the incumbent’. With an “essentially Executive” system, how long will those advantages last?

If Mr Sirisena wishes to avoid shooting himself in the foot with minority voters he would be wise to drop JHU inspired formulations under which: “I will not undertake any amendment that is detrimental to the stability, security and sovereignty of the country. Amendments will be only to facilitate the stability, security and sovereignty of the country”. He makes it impossible to devolve power to Tamil areas because who will chose what “facilitates stability, security and sovereignty”? Unless you are visiting from the planet Mars you know that this is crap for dressing up chauvinism. For Ceylon Tamils this constitutional proposal is a step back from even the present where there are no formally stated obstacles to devolution.

Opinion polls show Mr Sirisena does not have a majority among Sinhala-Buddhists but may win if minority support is massive. But he and his arrogant JHU handlers take Tamils and Muslims for granted without giving anything back. This is the reason why the Tamil version of the Manifesto is delayed or deferred; what do they have to say to these communities – nothing! The leaders of these communities will be making a big mistake if they allow the handlers to get away with their hubris. Tamil and Muslim leaders must demand changes in the Manifesto (of course they will be ignored) irrespective of what voting advice they may eventually give their communities.

What to do now?

This is the most serious question, especially for those of us who are keen to see the incumbent regime defeated. Before we bow our heads like pussy cats and put up with any old s**t that a putative NDF government may shove at us, let us first say “What you have done is wrong, change it! Affirm that you will abolish the executive presidency!” It is being backboneless, and not standing up and demanding accountability that allowed the current regime to run havoc without a mummer of protest. If the public, and especially those of us who support change, behave like docile pussy cats and yes-men, why should a new regime not ride rough shod over the people again? I don’t want to use names but many on the same side of the barricades as I am, will recognize that these barbs are aimed at them.

This brings me to the key strategy to adopt. The people of Lanka must stand on their feet and mobilize independently of either of these candidates. Yes, in the end we may vote for Mr Sirisena, but I recall an incident when Lenin moved a Central Committee resolution somewhat like this: “The Party calls on the people to vote for scoundrel-X against scoundrel-Y, for such and such reasons”. I do not advocate we apply such colourful language to our protagonist, but I am sure you get my point.

Some democratic and left comrades and the JVP have taken the right stand; they have remained independent but on the inside-track of a swelling mass movement. The angry masses are on a ‘Vote down Rajapakse’ swell; this is the inside-track from which the movement can go further and forward. Defeating Mr Rajapakse is not for the purpose of fostering illusions about others, it is a step in strengthening a confident and independent mass movement which will hold any government to account and exert influence when needed.

Last week I called on the JVP and the left to form an Alliance on the inside-track of common front mobilisation but which will still retain its independence. It is only those who are committed to, and work hard within the inside-track, that people will listen to. Only they will have the credibility to win people’s confidence. Conditions for this Alliance have suddenly improved; if Mr Sirisena wins, more opportunities will open up. Even if Mr Rajapakse wins, he is now a frightened and weakened autocrat and openings for mass activity will be favourable. Either way the Alliance has to be formed now before the elections, otherwise the next regime, whichever one, will run out of control.

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    Great write up Kumar. You are write, people are sleep walking with the only intention of defeating the Rajapakse’s with no consideration of the consequences.

    I agree, the JHU muddy fingerprints all over.

    I am a voter but I cannot bring myself to vote for Sirisena yet, however much I hate the incumbent.
    I will probably stay away or more likely spoil my vote.

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      Prof. Kumar David –

      RE: Fingerprints Of The JHU All Over The Constitutional Proposal; Sirisena Reneges On His Pledge

      You have good points, but do not get lost among the trees. You are in the MaRa forest. This is not an academic exercise. MaRa must be retired. Come down to the moving and rotating Earth.

      If you have too much time on your hands, why not write the Common Sense Pamphlet.

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

      Politicians are politicians.

      Do not forget the Goal.

      Removing Medamulana MaRa.

      Rome was not built in a day.

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        David, could you please help us by rolling up the “common sense pamphlet” of this idiot and shoving it up his passage.

        He needs this because he simpply does not seem to get it that no one wants such American crap here in our ancient civilisation.

        In the meantime David, you yourself might consider shutting up till 8 January and go for a long sleep at Taiwan after that. [Edited out]

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      Think before spoiling your own vote! When the new government is led by the United National Party we have seen that UNP is not more racist compared to SLFP.

      If UNP has ultimate guts they will not allow JHU to throw racism in Sri Lanka also RW as PM will bring law called “restraining order” this will help to reduce racism toward to other religions, and bring the equality and the equity.

      I have been brutally suffered under JHU-MR led government and i hope this will not be applied to UNP-led Government because i have testified the UNP-Govt during 1994 and 2001 under PM Ranil Wickremasinghe, he did his best to avoid racism toward other religion and i’m surprised by his control in racism.

      If UNP has the major seats in the parliament after the defeat of Rajapaksa regime, I guarantee the safety and benefits for the Tamils that there will be good opportunity for them to negotiate with the new Government about their issues. But the Government will not agree on the “Tamil Nationalism”, As citizen I will agree to share one country with Tamils instead of two-state solution.

      Giving two-state will bring more violate and troubles for both nations this will also destroy the country’s peace, Just look at LTTE what they have done to their own people? Tortured the citizens if refused to pay tax, destroyed their homes if refused to obey the orders, killed the citizens if refused to join the terrorist.

      Do you call this a state in Tamil Eelam? I don’t think its called a “Tamil Eelam” but its more of terrorised state compared to civilised state. Bring war crime charges against both Government and the Terrorist will show the real evidence behaviour of the terrorists and terrorist leader Velupillai Prabhakaran. In the day of final investigation of War Crime, All the citizens of Sri Lanka and the World will see what LTTE and the Government have done even during the final phase of war and they will also show the full proof of the LTTE and Government on the treatment of civilians and displaced victims.

      If God had given you brains you would have used them instead of believing in this old fart Kumar David who has badly been brainwashed by the LTTEs. May God guides you!

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        I am still skeptical, Dom.

        Just for the record, I am not Tamil. Not sure why you comment is about Tamil Eelam. I am actually mostly Burghur but mixed with Sinhalese, tamil and Indian. I am a soup.

        I just can’t bring myself to vote for the opposition, the presence of the JHU is very worrisome.

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          ” I am a soup.”

          Won’t it be better if you described yourself as a “Dog’s breakfirst” that no dog wants to consume?

          Whether you want or not, JHU is there in the new collusion to look after our interests.

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            Pena Kiyanna

            “Whether you want or not, JHU is there in the new collusion to look after our interests.”

            Whose interest that would be?

            All these years whose interest did JHU look after?

            I am sure the racists not only looked after the minorities well but also the party favoured them in all aspects of their daily life.

            Champa could not even get the Chinaman to build a trouble free power station let alone put the country back on its feet.

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          JHU will not have any power to abuse the minority and don’t get worried of it! Ranil will not allow them and I promise!

          If you see the past experience of Ranil in protecting the minority, you’ll notice that and he will use the powers to protect the minority again.

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          Robert.R

          “I am actually mostly Burghur but mixed with Sinhalese, tamil and Indian. I am a soup.”

          I welcome you back to humanity.

          You should be proud of yourself unlike the stupid caste/race/class conscious Tamil/Sinhalese you have more than one reason to be a strict secularist.

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          Robert.R,

          “Just for the record, I am not Tamil. Not sure why you comment is about Tamil Eelam. I am actually mostly Burghur but mixed with Sinhalese, tamil and Indian. I am a soup. ” !!!!@#$

          Your pre-fetal life must have had a terrible pounding into your make up!

          Just get a life now and vote for My3 before YOU too get a pounding by the power-drunk energy-drank hora family.

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      Disagree entirely with David’s complaint about Maithree’s promise for a diluted executive presidency.

      We, the Sinhala Buddhists, together with Hela Urumaya, who is representing the 3000 yr old Sinhala Buddhist civilisation, insisted thta Maithripala should take this approach. He wisely agreed.

      Ultimately, it is not David and his “achcharu tamil” community that will make maithri win. It is us, the Sinhala Buddhists. So we will have it our way or no way.

      David can suck his thumb and cry.

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      Robert R,

      “I will probably stay away or more likely spoil my vote. “

      That shows the amount of mud you are mired in. If you do not vote for either then get lost and don’t waste our time by trespassing here. If you vote for MS it would at least open up opportunities for further reforms and realization of still unfulfilled demands.

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      We are trying to get rid of the known devil Rajapakshe and bring in the JHU dominated Maithreepala Sirisena. Is it going to do anything good for the Tamils? Why should the Tamils vote for Sinhala-Buddhist Nationalists?

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      Not voting is not a solution.
      it is the uni franchise that could make a move.
      I dont think that MS would not be able to bring all the promises.
      Right at the moment, only way out is to work together for a change. All others come later. MR has ruined it to NO GO levels.

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    My3-JHU alliance is great for Sinhalese not for Tamils. This alliance will bring economic stability to the Sinhalese and will repair the damage caused to srilanka in the international arena. But for Tamils there is nothing beneficial. If there is any and if I have missed it please enlighten me.After all the army will not be withdrawn for a start.

    So Tamils should not get carried away and think for a moment before voting.

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      Stabilising the economy will effect the Tamils as well, Not just Sinhala Buddhist, because the Tamils are contributing to the economy, How can they be sidelined?

      1. They live in Sri Lanka and the new Government will support their livelihood.
      2. When the Tamils contributes to economy, The economy trades in north will be increased supply to western province for international shipment.
      3. Foreign Direct Investment will increase more jobs in north and there will be industrial zones setup as well resorts.
      4. More employment will take in place which will have 1,000,000.00 jobs available for all Sri Lankan youth and adults. This will definitely effect the tamils as well.

      How can you say that new government doesn’t benefit the tamils? The new government will put their maximum strengthen vision for economy development and highest standard of life quality this means almost 65% of citizens will take effect during the first term of the new Government.

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      Right at the moment, in case you would abstain could only lead MR regime to consolidate power further and ruin this nation turning to a pakistan where no rule of law is at all in function.
      So only wayout would be to vote for a change…Almost every right thinking would do it without thinking twice.

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    Just because someone is educated does not mean he is right ! they are called educated fools.

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    This guy will spoil it for all except for MR.

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    D.K. – you are fussing over a Manifesto – which Political Party in SL History abided by
    their own Manifesto – I do not know. There is something called political trickery
    which is now in play. Maithree and Ranil know very well how they should get the
    major share of the SB Votes – the TNA is also aware.

    First thing first – getting rid of the Regime as democratically as possible. In MS
    Diary on 23-4-15 there is some space created for all – The 2 year National Govt – a new
    trial. Forget about the 3% JHU – which will be only 1% on 8.1.15. The TNA has a
    wider chance to work out their requirements within a refined Cabinet and there are
    links internal and external to keep to international trends of the 21st century –
    lets hope for the best (Federal set-up as required by India). All is not lost.

    To get the best turn-out, cannot the EC INSTRUCT the MoD to confine the Forces to
    their Camps on 8th Jan. and if their Services are required, the IGP must sanction it with ECs express permission only. Does the law provide for such?

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    [Edited out]

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      Jim softy

      [Edited out]

      Welcome back after a Christian holiday. Did you have a good time? If not please find a christian, he/she will feed you well, pour you drinks and will not convert you.

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    It is highly unlikely that MS or anyone on his side will change their stance within the next eight days. So Kumar, what do you finally tell the ordinary voters, to vote for MS or to vote for MR or to simply abstain from voting? That will be the simplest question the voters would pose to you!

    Sengodan. M

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      In the JHU inspired manifesto, the Tamils and Muslims should spoil their votes, there is no hope that they will be allowed to live in peace.

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    I trust that Sirisena will honour the MOU that he signed with other coalition partners and the manifesto is basically his way of telling the Buddhist voters that he will be also having some powers after the 100 days programme to hand over the power to the Parliament.

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    These “PROFESSORS” must understand one thing. A good and competent doctor will always diagnose the symptoms and decide what the disease is; and then commences his treatment procedure. For the doctor symptoms are only peripheral; but the major task would be to attack the main root of the disease. In the context of the political situation of the country the “Root of this DISEASE” is this administration headed by MR.It is cancerous and needs a very heavy dose of medicine to “KILL” the main root of the cancer. Therefore, the doctor -THE PEOPLE- will have to administer the vote and get rid of this administration of MR.

    Having done that, the doctor-THE PEOPLE- will have to keep close watch on the developments and administer medications as an when situations arise to maintain the health of the patient – THE COUNTRY. So Sirisena and others will have to be closely monitored and watched on a 24-7 basis by the PEOPLE. Let us do the FIST thing FIRST and do not try to divert the attention to symptoms that would arise in due course. Those PROFESSORS who do not want FIRST thing FIRST are kindly reminded to keep their mouths SHUT. In that respect what JVP doing is right. Dear Prof:KD continue to talk to them and you will educate yourself more and more on the realities of this struggle.

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    The Elite and the Anglicans believe even in Fairies.. Don’t they Dr Kumar !!!!

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    If Abiththaya allows the UNP Christian Faction Leader Ranil to give Vellala TNA the North by stealth , their Gods will have to save Champika and his JHU because no one else will ….

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    If the UPFA carries the baggage of BBS, the NDF has to carry the baggage of JHU to counter balance. That is simply the reality because the Sinhala South is fully immersed in the Mahawansa mindset for too long and it will take a long, long time to wean them from that.

    It is a matter of comparing the two contenders. As for the minorities their judgement will be based on the past performance of the two candidates. They have no reason to believe that the future that MR promises could be any better than his record over the past five years. They may choose to vote for Sirisena in the hope that none ( including Sirisena) could be worse than MR. They will look at the composition of the two sides. MR is almost a loner in his campaign except for the support of his siblings and other family members on the other hand, MS is surrounded by a band of moderates in spite of the JHU baggage. It is in that multiple composition the minorities look for some liberal air.

    After all, both organisations are bourgeois and talking of ‘inside track common front mobilisation’ could be akin to the expectations NM had in 1964 when he formed a coalition with the SLFP. The ground situation has hardly improved if not worse at least in respect of chauvinist influences.

    Sengodan. M

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    Prof Kumar David.
    Great down to earth analysis all in your own cryptic no nonsense style.

    Please send a Tamil and Sinhala translation to the Daily papers so the voters to read it in their language and through accessible media.

    I am still an undecided voter. Your statements below;
    “It is because everyone is fed up with corruption and abuses of the incumbent, and the minorities remember what they suffered under Messrs Mahinda and Gotabhaya Rajapakse. Tamils will not switch sides and vote for Mr Rajapakse but there will be a large number of abstentions. The poor TNA is in a trap; it wants to back Mr Sirisena but cannot find a single reason (from a Tamil perspective) within the Manifesto why it should tell Tamils to overlook the JHU inspired formula. It can only say: ‘To reduce corruption and abuse in general, and to avenge past wrongs, reject the incumbent’. With an “essentially Executive” system, how long will those advantages last?”

    All citizens need to think about what you have written.

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      both sinhala and tamil translation were out.

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    Hurrah! for the Sinhalese, they created policies that gave us Prabaharan.
    Then god rid of him and handed over the country to his look alike and cousin Rajapaksa. Both sons of the soil.

    They now ponder whether to hand over the Nation on a platter to another gang backed by an extremist JHU.

    Perhaps the Non Sinhala community must let Sinhalese sort this out themselves.

    After all the TNA has always asked for good governance, rule of law, and an independent judiciary, that the Sinhalese Majority just don’t wish to have.

    Go figure.

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    Prof Kum must understand the basics of politics. Politicians’ usual strategy in Sri Lanka is to say something but not necessarily do the same. A common candidate, an idea Prof. Kum. nurtured, needs to satisfy many parties, which may have opposing ideologies. If that is so, how to keep them together? The practical way is to say yes to everyone in a manner that the agreement with one party is not known to the other. Sri Lankan villagers are quite good at that. (Both MR and MS are villagers.)

    If one examines constitutions of various countries where there is both the President and Prime Minister, most countries hinge the President as a puppet of the Prime Minister through tradition. The 1972 constitution of Sri Lanka required the President to follow all the advice of the Prime Minister, excepting the appointment of the Prime minister, thus the Prime Minister becoming the authoritarian ruler. In India, the pre-1976 constitution did not bind the President to accept the advice of the Prime Minister but the post 1976 constitution bound the President to do so with the right of returning the advice. In all cases the President is the Commander in Chief of all armed forces and that itself is almost all the power.

    Then the question comes as to how to abolish this authoritarian presidential rule? It can only be practical if the President does not have a political agenda, in which case he would accept the advice of the Prime Minister in most cases, unless of course it involves some shady matter. Though we may hate MR and vote for MS, can we expect MS, not to have a political agenda of his own after being a political animal for years? He too would like to have something of his own, isn’t it?

    If we are serious in dismantling the authoritarian presidency, then we should have fielded a person who has had no political agenda as the common candidate and that would make easy for say Ranil as the Prime Minister. The alternate laborious way (in theory) is to form a coalition of parties who would not contest the presidential elections but contest the parliamentary election to win a two thirds majority to dismantle the authoritarian Presidency.

    Incidentally the elected President of Singapore cannot be a member of a political party but given certain powers to exercise on his own, the rest, as the courts in Singapore have ruled, President must follow the advice of the Prime Minister.

    I ask the voters to exercise their choice but do not repent later that the guy whom you vote turns out to be another scoundrel (in the language of Lenin).

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    Kumar,

    Are’nt you letting your ego get in the way here? I understand why you are miffed about the Exec Presidency getting step motherly treatment at this stage of the campaign. Campaign managers tell me the corruption and massive debt have become the hot-button issues people are reacting to, not the Exec Presidency and hence the recaliberation in the campaigns’ themes. Surely, you have to know that they have to run a campaign that can defeat Mahinda on the 8th and not get tied into principles and commmitments made back in November. Why you ask? Because the Rajapakses are running helter skelter throwing all the mud they get scrape up even from the flood waters. Maithri’s campaign has to play offense and the topics being discussed are what they feel are hurting the Rajapakses most.

    Come the 9th, you should give full airing to what happens next because it is then the interesting dances will begin in preparation for the General elections. Ranil can be a care taker PM but the UNP must end up being the majority party in parliament if he is a to continue being the PM. Otherwise, it could be the JVP or even the SLFP rump that will choose the PM….

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    This regime and the acolytes have made their stolen bucks and it’s time for them to go. Let the other bunch of racist jokers come in and help themselves. After all, what’s politics for in the miracle nation ?

    MS,RW,JHU combination is a soup and not a meal but if that can help get rid of thieves, rapists, drug barons, trigger happy individuals or racists in uniforms, then it will be a good thing at least temporarily until normalcy, law and order is brought back. It will take a lot of time to bring back democracy, decency and equality but we can give them a chance and let them try.

    All must vote, whether they like it or not, for just one reason. People are tired and the country need a change. We must not expect drastic changes but the change will be better than what we have at present.

    MR and thugs are just clinging on and they feel the heat. Just cut them off, good riddance ! CC or his backers won’t be that bad and We have no other choice.

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    A very Powerful argument.Stability,Sovereignty,Security are terms generally used to camouflage and deny even the raw 13th Amendment.No doubt the TNA will find themselves in a soup.The SI-CC has apparently been hijacked by the JHU.What if Tamil and Muslim leaders ask their voters to boycott? Mr.Sirisena is finished,since the Sinhala-Buddhist vote is evenly shared by both candidates.

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    Hi Citizens… Am sure there are fingerprints of all the parties involved, Mr Sirisena could not have done this alone and I applaud him for standing up against MaRa… but… January 8th is the day you vote for either the “Bad” or the “Good”. Unfortunately, either we vote for the “Bad” and continue this trend of chaos, which we have all witnessed since MaRa stole tsunami funds OR we take the path leading to the Rainbow out there, which is Mr Sirisena…

    It would be nice if we can all stand for that lovely rainbow, stand up together for the good and take back our lovely Country and live like Sri Lankans should.. I Wish for a Mahindaless New Year….

    Cheers Citizens

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    Kumar David,

    Don’t try to shoot at the feet of CC at this inauspicious time which will only amount to shooting your own and stabilizing those of MR. Let us first get rid of the despot and then workout for further adjustments. This CC manifesto appears to be the Most Common Factor that could be reached when combining all the different factors, forces and parties involved in the Common Opposition. Many aspects of the existing system, expectations of the mix, threats, practicalities, deadlocks, aspirations etc. may have been considered and weighed in formulating this manifesto. It has to seamlessly integrate with the mindset of the vote base without the support of whom the election cannot be won. MR regime has conditioned the minds of people to such unrealistic levels that even a firecracker could incite so called security, sovereignty concerns in their minds even though they actually know nothing about those aspects in a governmental sense. So be patient and work towards mobilizing every single diminutive vote against the incumbent and bring MS to power. Of course there is no harm in raising your valid concerns in a low key note so that you register them with the common aspirations of the people for future realization.

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    Lookeer meester Kumara Dawood! Shall we cool off and get things straight? You did not check this rat out. He is one of the MR team. An accomplished gangster, Thug, Goon and post modern reality twister. You were obsessed with the abolition of the Executive Presidency. That Mr Dawood is STUPID!

    The POWERS of the Executive Presidency is what makes everyone stand for Presidential Elections – look at how many candidates we have! See them salivate…yes man drool at the jaws – at the thought of all that power being placed at their disposal. Do you think that even one of them once elected will ABOLISH the Executive Presidency just to please your eccentric notions? Not a hope my dear fellow not one single hope, Perasiriyar Thaveethu Avargale.

    So please drop your Marsist madness for a moment and understand that this has nothing to do with Tamils and Muslims. This has everything to do with the SINHALA BUDDHISTS. This is strictly their show. They have to decide as to whether they want an unlimited aristocratic dynasty – you know their 2,500 year old civilization and all that JAZZ – or whether they want a limited two term democratic presidency.

    Let THEM make up their minds – if they have minds, which they may not. Once they have made their choice then those of us who know what democracy is can decide how to respond right! Ok Meester Dawood?

    So in the meantime relax and enjoy the season. Food, Drink, Song, Dance, Gifts, Hanging out with friends, Visiting Enemies whose grins hide the knives hidden behind their backs awaiting the opportunity to be driven into yours, you can even go to those churches to watch the fat Christians dolled out in their seasons best trying to out do each other in shows of opulence…so go on Meester Thaveethu, just relax and enjoy yourself.

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    This broad coaltion has been formed to initially achieve some specific critical goals. For this to happen shouldn’t the CC first win the race? If he loses, all what has been raised in this article would be mute points. Then, the barbaric, dictatorial MR will continue his merry way to plunder and ruin our Motherlad which he thinks belongs to one family. Please do not count the chickens before they are hatched.

    So rather than discussing these secondary issues, ALL should focus on achieving the main goal of defeating this dictatorial Maniac. This in itself is no easy task as Dictators do not give up power easily.

    If and when the victory is achieved, all other secondary issues can be addressed by consultation, compromise and consensus. That should be done by the Coalition Parners behind closed doors. if need be, Forums must be arranged, to obtain the feedback from the general Public. If individuals like the writer wishes his views to be actively considered, he should consider taking to Politics and pursuing his Agendas through a party/coalition of his choice. The CC is represening a coalition of parties and hence he has to please many diverse views.

    MR too heads a coalition of parties and he pleased the partners by offering them bribes and positions which resulted in the Jumbo Cabinet. That is not the Maithree Administration that is envisaged.

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    Reference to the 2002 supreme court verdict how can decrease presidential powers without referendum? According to above verdict to change presidential powers in addition to two third majority of votes in parliament it should be approved by the referendum also.

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    Kumar David,

    Are you a Marxist or a Neo liberal?

    As a Marxist why you are opposed to an Executive presidency?

    Is it inherently bad? Or you are opposed to the EP as formulated by JRJ with all the amendments?

    Do you believe that the country is run by the constitution in letter and sprite?

    Do you want Soulbury Constitution or Dr Colvin R De Silva’s 1972 constitution? Or in a modified form.

    Please study the Indian constitution which says that the Executive Power is with the President and The Prime Minister/ Board of Ministers/Parliament is there to aid and advice the President. And that the President is bound to accept the advice of the Prime Minister!

    We were at the receiving end of the West minister type as well as the Executive Presidential Constitutions.

    Why prefer one over the other? Over to you Kumar!

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    Here goes Kumar David spouting his hopelessly biased rhetoric against the UPFA govt he hates.

    “Hopelessly failed Rajapaksa ” indeed, while most ordinary people of Sri Lanka consider the President to be the “Greatest Overachiever of Our Time”!

    GET LOST Kumar David, you are just a political gadfly searching for relevance, just as desperately as Maitripala Sirisena searches for power! NO ONE LISTENS TO YOU. You are just as bad a political commentator as you were an engineer!

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      Ananda-USA

      “while most ordinary people of Sri Lanka consider the President to be the “Greatest Overachiever of Our Time”!”

      How many ordinary people have you met in the past few weeks to come to this conclusion?

      Of course ordinary people have a way of expressing certain messages, you should decode the message, may be it would take whole of your life time.

      Let me decode what they considered, chief of the greatest Kleptocracy ever to be elected in this island, with lots of blood in his hand.

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    Learned Kumar David is looking for a perfect candidate, an impossibility. He will not find any one on this earth. Men are fallible irrespective of what they say. Best option now available is to let the common opposition candidate win. Push Mahinda to sit in the opposition ranks. If the new president does not do whatever he uttered before, then bring back Mahinda (or his successor) again at the next presidential election or executive prime minister election whatever. Why one person or one family alone tastes the sweetness of power? Colombo, Nittambuwa, Hambantota all had their fill. Why not Polonnaruwa too?

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