Ending Exec-Presidency won’t fix problem – UNP

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The UNP claimed that abolishing the Executive Presidency will not solve the prevailing economic crisis.

During a media briefing, UNP Chairman Vajira Abeywardena said, even if the 21st Amendment to the Constitution is passed, queues for essential commodities will not vanish.

“The bitter truth is abolishing the Executive Presidency will not resolve the current crises.The Cabinet split when UNP Leader Ranil Wickremesinghe tried to abolish the Executive Presidency in August 2019,” he said.

The same people, who vehemently opposed the Cabinet Paper presented by Wickremesinghe, are now lobbying for the abolition of the Executive Presidency.

“I think they are selfish and immature,” he said.

Speaking further, Abeywardena alleged that it does not seem that the Sri Lankan delegation to the International Monetary Fund (IMF) is well prepared for discussions.

“The IMF has proposed six key points including the stability of the country. It does not seem that our delegation had studied these areas before going to the IMF. If they did, we could have finalised the agreements and signed them.

But now, signing agreements will take more time. The people will have to suffer severely because of this,” he added.

By Methmalie Dissanayake