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Basil asks voters to give the SLPP a two-thirds majority in Parliament

TWO-THIRDS PLEASE -Basil Rajapaksa wants voters to give his party a thumping majority in Parliament

ECONOMYNEXT- Basil Rajapaksa is asking Sri Lankans to give the Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP) a two-thirds majority in the new Parliament to create a new constitution that suits the country.

Rajapaksa the brother of the President and Prime Minister of the country is the National Organiser of the ruling SLPP and is not contesting this election as he is a dual citizen of the United States and Sri Lanka.

However he remains one of the most powerful figures in the government.

Without two-thirds majority the government will be “held hostage by other factions when trying to bring new constitution after the elections,” he told a press conference held at the party headquarters in Battaramulla today July 8.

He added that they need a clear majority to bring a new constitution with responsibility as there is no one to take responsibility currently for the 19th amendment.

Further, regarding the Millennium Challenge Compact grant, he said that they don’t have the ability to immediately terminate such agreements and said that they are trying to change the terms and conditions of the agreement which will suit both sides.

But even for that, we need a majority in the parliament as the constitution has given special powers to such international agreements, so in order to change that we need to get a two-thirds majority.

Rajapaksa also said that their next goal is to build a strong economy which will give a prosperous future for the next generations.

“To do that task we ask the people to give us a strong and powerful parliament. To keep that trust in us there is no reason to look far back, it is enough to look at how we acted during the COVID-19 pandemic,” he said. (Colombo, July 8, 2020)

Reported by Imesh Ranasinghe

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