Colombo Telegraph

The Left Center Urges Sri Lankans To Support Maithripala

The Left Center has called upon Sri Lankans to support the common candidate Maithripala Sirisena and ensure his victory at the upcoming presidential polls, in a resolution that was passed at its inaugural meeting held a few days ago.

Prof. Vijay Kumar

The movement has appealed to the people of Sri Lanka to work towards the victory of Mr. Sirisena as he has made a commitment to change the present constitution and abolish the Executive Presidency with the objective of restoring democracy in Sri Lanka.

The Left Centre (Vame Kendraya), formed by a group of prominent leftists including Lal Wijenayake, Raja Uswetakeiyawa, Prof. Vijay Kumar, Wimal Rodrigo, Dr. Jayampathy Wickramaratne, Dr. Micheal Fernando, Dr. Nirmal Ranjith Dewasiri, Chandrapala Kumarage, Dr. Kumudu Kusum Kumara, T.M.R. Rasideen and Chameera Perera.

Among the resolutions that had been unanimously passed by the Left Center, they have also disapproved the decision made by the LSSP and the Community Party of Sri Lanka to support President Rajapaksa as it is contrary to the position taken by the Left on the Executive Presidential system, which was to oppose it since its inception.

They have noted that the major reason behind the breakdown of democracy, rule of law, increasing corruption and decline of social values and morals and the development of a deformed political culture is the present constitution and the Executive Presidential system established by it.

“It is the foremost task today to lift the country from its present abuse and create a democratic space,” the Left Center adds.

Furthermore, it has stated that their long term goal is to move further and to create an environment in which social justice will be sustained and established. The Left Center has also resolved to play a leading role in gathering all progressive sections while drawing lessons from international and local experiences and to act as a platform that brings together the intelligentsia and social activists from various fields in the pursuit of that goal

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