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Constitutional changes pledged in the Mahinda Chinthana – President

Sep 6, 2010 9:12:18 AM - itnnews.lk

The President is responsible to Parliament under the new Constitutional Amendment. This was emphasized by President Rajapaksa to media heads. According to the amendment, it is mandatory for the President to appear in Parliament once in three months. The President told them that this was not a hurriedly arranged amendment.

The meeting between the President and the media chiefs was held at Temple Trees today. The President reminisced that at the last Presidential election he placed the “Mahinda Chintana – Extended Version” before the people assuring to build a new Sri Lanka. According to this policy, a pledge was given to make the Executive a trustworthy position. What is now left was to launch mega development programmes to transform Sri Lanka into “Asia’s Miracle”. Many of these development projects are already in progress.

It was clearly stated in the Mahinda Chintana – Extended Version that he exercised restraint in the execution of powers of the Executive Presidency. He utilized these powers to unite the country. But, he recalled how such powers were misused in the past to postpone elections, overthrow democratically elected Governments, hinder the judicial process, proscribe parties and take the country towards a murder culture suppressing demonstrations. Even the Executive Presidency was used to enter into agreements between the country. The President further told the media chiefs of the mandate which he received again by placing the Mahinda Chintana Extended Version before the people with a majority of over 1.8 million votes.