UNP MP Mangala Samaraweera has today said that in a Parliamentary democracy executive powers are vested in Parliament and the Cabinet of Ministers and the Prime Minister is, as the term implies the ‘first among equals’.
Issuing a clarification statement to the media he said; “as the reporting of the press conference held by me on November 27, 2014 (yesterday) was unclear and somewhat misleading in some newspapers.”
Mangala Samaraweera said; “in the proposed constitutional reforms of the joint opposition, supremacy of Parliament will be restored and an all party cabinet led by Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe will deal with the day to day affairs of government and the PM would be head of government like in all Parliamentary democracies. Although the executive powers of the President will be abolished within 100 days, certain duties and functions will be allocated to the President.”
“It is also the view of the leaders of the joint opposition, that it would be beneficial to the country if a government of National Unity could be formed even after the General Elections for a minimum of 2 years bringing to end the era of confrontational politics which has plagued our political culture since independence.” he further said.