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Reforms empower people, Parliament

Sep 6, 2010 8:00:00 PM - aussieindolanka.com
The proposed Constitutional changes are all in the Mahinda Chintana Idiri Dekma, the policy manifesto of President Mahinda Rajapaksa introduced at the last Presidential election, said Economic Development Minister Basil Rajapaksa yesterday. He was speaking at the meeting held by the President with Heads of media institutions and Editors at Temple Trees. Refuting arguments put forward by certain Opposition politicians and others, Minister Rajapaksa said that the proposals have not been suddenly brought forward but are all spelt out in the election manifesto. Quoting from the text of the Idiri Dekma he explained that the UPFA has not pledged to abolish the Executive Presidency. It had clearly stated its desire to revise the Executive Presidency to make it more answerable to the Parliament. The proposal to make it mandatory for the President to visit Parliament at least once in three months is a fulfillment of that pledge, he said. The Idiri Dekma also proposed to replace the 17th Amendment with a workable arrangement in which there would be no stalemate that would hinder the functioning of the public service. Read more: www.dailynews.lk/2010/09/07/pol01.asp