President Maithripala Sirisena said will present a special cabinet paper on wednesday regarding the abolishment of executive presidency and introduce a new electoral system.
Announcing this, he said, “It is my expectation to introduce a new electoral system which is responsible to the Parliament, abolish executive presidency and transfer the powers of the President to the Parliament and independent commissions”,
The President was addressing the gathering of the ceremony to hand over certificates of dual citizenships to 2000 Sri Lankan expatriates, held today (Nov. 17) at the Temple Trees.
He said required discussions are being held regarding the establishment of new constitution, fulfilling the promises given in the election manifesto. “The new government has taken actions to establish the Election Commission to fulfill the expectations for a free and fair elections, about which there had been a discussion for more than 40 years”, the President stated. “The new government also has established institutions related to the important areas such as human rights, public service, courts and bribery and corruption”, he added.
“Some people question about what the new government has done so far after getting elected as if the government was elected 7-8 years ago. I like to remind them that we have passed only a short period of 10 months after being elected as the President and during that time succeeded in passing of the 19th amendment to the constitution unanimously and holding a General Elections on August 17 and appointing a new cabinet”, the President pointed out.