MP Kavinda Jayawardana is saying that it’s no wonder the opposition leader opposes the 19th amendment, as he intended to remain in power till Namal Rajapaksa could become the presidential candidate.
Participating at a press conference held at the Temple Trees today (28), Jayawardana said that Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP) are lost at present without a proper presidential candidate as a result of the 19th amendment.
“By bringing up the 18th amendment Mahainda intended to stay in power in an anti-democratic manner which is unlikely in any other country in the world. The SLPP knows that democracy is established in the country today because of 19th amendment. Therefore, they are against it,” Jayawardana said.
Commenting further as to why President Sirisena and Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) are against the 19th amendment out of the blue, Jayawardana said that the constitution is restricting Sirisena doing what he desires.
“We told the people of this country that the one who sits on the executive presidential seat is not willing to give it up. The President now knows that even if he becomes the President once again, he cannot act on his own. He couldn’t dissolve the parliament when he wanted. He has understood the laspses in executive power” Jayawardana said.
Jayawardana also pointed out that what President Sirisena says about the 19th amendment now, is contradictory to what he said about it before, since he openly supported the amendment when it came to light.
“Once the 19th amendment was passed President said that it is a good implementation and he supports it but now he says that he didn’t support it and the amendment is not appropriate to the country” he added.
MP Kavinda, therefore says that the President and the former President ‘are playing with popular sovereignty’ in order to achieve their ulterior motives.