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Lanka's Tamil party TNA, JVP pledge to work together to abolish executive presidency

Press Trust of India  |  Colombo 

Sri Lanka's main Tamil party TNA and Marxist party on Monday held a rare meeting here and decided to work together towards abolishing the presidency in the country.

The (JVP) and the Tamil National Alliance (TNA), which represented diagonally opposed political stands, came together during the political crisis in the island nation when sacked

The TNA and put up a broad front to force Sirisena backtrack through court action. The Supreme Court's intervention made Sirisena to reinstate Wickremesinghe as the

The meeting between the two parties on Monday came as part of JVP's consultations on the need to abolish presidency.

The two parties held discussion on the 20th Amendment to the Constitution which aimed at abolishing the presidency.

told the media they discussed mustering support for the 20th amendment to the Constitution in Parliament and working in tandem on matters of mutual interest.

He said the JVP discussed with the TNA about a model to get all communities involved in governance.

He said the decision on the implementation of the proposed 20th amendment must be vested with the people.

Those who attempt to defeat the amendment in Parliament are the ones who are afraid of the people, Dissanayake said.

TNA R Sampanthan said they discussed how the two parties could work together for the country and the people. He said they briefed the JVP on matters recently discussed with the and the on devolution of power.

Both parties said their coming together was to preserve the island's Constitution and it was not an action in personal favour of Wickremesinghe.

We have decided to work with the JVP for the betterment of the country. If we need to bring the main political parties onto the right track, the TNA and the JVP must work in unison in this regard," the veteran TNA said.

We are open to working with the TNA based on equal participation," Dissanayake said.

The JVP in 2004 branded the TNA a proxy party of the who ran a bloody separatist campaign to carve out a separate Tamil homeland in the north and east regions of the country.

Dissanayake said the TNA was supportive of the idea to abolish the presidential system of government through the JVP's move to introduce amendment to the Constitution.

The 20A seeks to abolish the presidency, the main feature in the existing 1978 Constitution.

The nationalist opposition led by the former accuses the government of relying on the TNA's support for its survival.

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First Published: Mon, March 11 2019. 23:45 IST