Government wants to change the Constitution so that American citizens can sit in Parliament – Marikkar

Crowds throng the opening of the Samagi Jana Balawegaya office in Kotte

ECONOMYNEXT- Samagi Jana Balavegaya candidate S.M. Marikkar says the government wants to change the Constitution so that people like Basil Rajapaksa can be in the parliament while continuing to be an American citizen.

The Colombo district SJB candidate said that since while being an American citizen Basil Rajapaksa cannot be in the parliament under the current constitution and since he is not willing to renounce his American citizenship.

Earlier this week, Basil Rajapaksa who is the National Organiser of the ruling Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna asked Sri Lankans to give them a two-thirds majority in the new Parliament to create a new constitution that suits the country.

To which he added that without two-thirds majority the government will be “held hostage by other factions when trying to bring new constitution after the elections,”

Marikkar speaking at a press conference held this morning further said that Ranil Wickremesinghe and Mahinda Rajapaksa are failed characters as they had failed to develop the country while being in power several times.

“The country needs today to build a new parliament, for that we need a strong, creative and active group to the parliament,” he said.

He added in order to da that leader who had never failed should be made the Prime Minister and Sajith Premadasa is the only leader with that record in the pitch right now.

Moreover, he said that it would be a comfort for President Gotabaya Rajapaksa to have a young and creative group like those with Sajith Premadasa in order to work with as if the President really wanted to build the country.

He cannot do it with his family members as ministers.

“President Gotabaya Rajapaksa can only work straight forward and take direct decisions if only Sajith Premadasa becomes the Prime Minister as then the President can control and take action against the wrongdoings of his ministers. (Colombo, July 10, 2020)

Reported by Imesh Ranasinghe