President Mahinda Rajapaksa yesterday reiterated that he is prepared to abolish the Executive Presidential System on the day the separatists give up their call for a separate state in Sri Lanka.
The President said that if the main Tamil party, Tamil National Alliance (TNA), Tamil Diaspora in Europe and all other elements that support a separate state within the country are ready to give up separatist ideas, the government will abolish the Executive Presidency within 24 hours.
President Rajapaksa made these observations when he met the nurses and health officers at the Temple Trees Saturday.
Addressing the issue of a third term, the President said the final decision whether he can be the President for a third term should be taken by the people.
If any party or individual is interested in questioning his eligibility for a third term, they can seek clarification from the court, the President noted.
Speaking of the health services, the President said during the past eight years of administration, the number of nurses in the public service has increased from 15,000 to 30,000. Three base hospitals in each district have been improved and the government has done an unprecedented service to uplift the heath sector.
Health Minister Maithripala Sirisena and Chairman of the Public Service Nurses' Union Venerable Muruththettuwe Ananda Thera were also present at the meeting.