PM unconcerned about youth, public agitation – PAFFREL

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People’s Action for Free and Fair Elections (PAFFREL) said Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa’s recent statement that if an interim government is formed in the future, it will be led by him is a clear indication that the current administration is unwilling to listen to the demands of protesting youth and the public.

PAFFREL Executive Director Rohana Hettiarachchi, recently, told the Media in Kandy that thousands of youth, trade union members, and artists have called for the Government’s resignation.

“Political parties and leaders should keep in mind that elections are a forum for the expression of public sentiment. We are not requesting that any parties violate the Constitution, but rather that they work within the framework of the Constitution while listening to the public’s concerns,” he said.

He also emphasised the importance of a united opposition and the implementation of a common programme to address the country’s current crisis.

“At the moment, opposition parties are working to advance their respective political interests. At a time when the country’s nationalisation is under severe threat, the country must be stabilised immediately by proposing a series of appropriate solutions,” he added.

Meanwhile, PAFFREL has submitted a basic proposal framework which consists of six parts, it suggests setting up of a National Unity Government, taking action to abolish the executive presidency, adoption of the 19th Amendment to the Constitution with the relevant new Amendments; including the fundamental amendments required for a change in the overall system currently in place, developing an appropriate mechanism for continuous dialogue with outside social impact groups outside Parliament, establishment of a Committee for National Policy Formulation and to draft a new Constitution.

  BY Nabiya Vaffoor