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Government wants two-thirds majority in Parliament to fight extremism – G L Peiris

ECONOMYNEXT- The Chairman of Sri Lanka’s governing Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP) Prof G.L. Peiris is saying that the government needs a two-thirds majority in the parliament in the upcoming general elections in order to fight extremism.

Speaking yesterday at party headquarters in Battaramulla he said that extremism has led to violence and to the deaths of more than 256 people in the country.

He added that the entire truth related to Easter Sunday carnage is still not known while the commission appointed by President Gotabaya Rajapaksa is working late into the night so that they can submit their report.

“So there is a paramount obligation in the part of the incoming government to ensure such a calamity does not take place in the future and for that as well a strong majority in the parliament is required,” he said.

Further, he said that the public wishes to give a two-thirds majority to the incoming government as people of this country have had very negative experiences in a situation where the executive and the legislature are pulling in different directions.

“During the Yahapalana regime, nothing could be accomplished because of the conflict between the different component elements of the government. Eventually, it’s the public of the country that had to pay the price of the dissension, disagreements and internal tension of the Yahapalana administration,” he said.

So he said it is the firm conviction of the overwhelming majority of the public that the situation should be confined to the past and should not be allowed to recur in any form in the future.

Moreover, he said that the 17th and the 19th amendment have to be revisited because the powers earlier vested in the elected president of the country with regard to appointments at high levels in the public services and police were taken away from the executive and vested on so-called independent bodies, which have not functioned acceptably. (Colombo, July 21, 2020)

Reported by Imesh Ranasinghe

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