With the much awaited enactment of the 19th Amendment to the Constitution, the people of Sri Lanka will experience the true meaning of ‘democracy and peace’, said President Maithripala Sirisena, after he began the second reading of the 19th Amendment to the Constitution in the Parliament today (27).
The President went on to say the people of the country are of the view that the arbitrary powers of the executive presidency must be diminished. “This was included in the Mahinda Chinthana as well. Which means, those who voted in favour of former President Mahinda Rajapaksa also wanted the 19th Amendment be implemented,” he further said.
The President also urged all the members to unanimously support to pass the amendment for the sake of the future generation.
“During the Presidential polls in 1994 and 1999, former President Chandrika Banda¾íike Kumaratunga pledged to diminish the executive powers of the presidency. President Rajapaksa also promised the same, but failed to bring about what he promised. This is a historic chapter in the city’s history where we about to make the much awaited change,” President Sirisena added.
Prior to the debate on the 19th Amendment to the Constitution, President Sirisena said he was the only President who had been so flexible and committed to reducing or curtailing the excessive powers of the executive presidency.
“Sri Lanka has no international enemies now because of our successful approach towards the international community. The new government and its commitment to enact the 19th Amendment has received immense support from the international community,” the President said.