Talks in relation to a people’s friendly Constitutional amendment between the Government and the Opposition are in progress. This has been emphasized by the United People’s Freedom Alliance. Several Ministers expressed views at a media briefing today.
Minister Nimal Siripala de Silva said that views had been exchanged on the basic structure on the Constitutional Amendment that an Executive Prime Minister was more suited to Sri Lanka than the Executive President. The President as well as Opposition Leader Ranil Wickremasinghe had endorsed this view.
Minister Maithripala Sirisena said the 17th Constitutional Amendment was dealt during the talks with the Opposition. The talks will continue in the future. He noted that it was the general view of both parties. The UNP had proposed the appointment of Executive Prime Minister replacing the Executive President.
Minister Dulles Alahapperuma pointed out that the beginning of a good political culture was the topic for the past 30 to 40 years. A step forward in building this culture, which was the desire of the people, has already been laid. The Minister also referred to the Government’s readiness to broach with not only the United National Party but also with other parties in the Opposition.