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Lanka support proposal to abolish the Executive Presidency

Press Trust of India  |  Colombo 

Sri Lanka's former Rajapaksa who is constitutionally barred from contesting again to become has opted to support a proposal to abolish the Presidency concentrating all powers in the elected of State and Government.

Rajapaksa's Joint Opposition spokesman, told reporters here today that Rajapaksa has conveyed this to the Marxist who has given the proposal to abolish the Presidency.

"But parliament must be dissolved to hold a on the same day the constitutional change is approved," Gunawardena said.

The JVP was to move a constitutional amendment to abolish the presidency in existence since 1978.

However, a decision last week by to suspend parliament's current session has upset the plan. It has to be brought now in the next session of parliament beginning on May 8.

Rajapaksa was elected twice as President. In 2010, he adopted an amendment to the Constitution allowing him to contest any number of times to be president.

Sirisena's current government in 2015 through the nineteenth amendment to the constitution restored the two term limit. This means Rajapaksa cannot become President again.

With his new party's unexpected win in the local held February, the former strong man presses for an early parliamentary poll ahead of its 2020 August schedule.

However, the next election which is due is the which must be held by January of 2020.

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First Published: Tue, April 17 2018. 16:10 IST