JJB puts out short-term proposals

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The Jathika Jana Balawegaya (JJB) has put forward a series of short-term proposals aimed at ending the current political crisis and to bring about political stability in the country. Among their proposals is that President Gotabaya Rajapaksa should step down and in the absence of a Prime Minister, the Speaker should act as the caretaker President.

Addressing the media yesterday (11), leader of Jathika Jana Balawegaya, Anura Kumara Dissanayake presented the proposals to end the current crisis.

The other proposal: as the present Government and the composition of the present Parliament no longer represent the people’s mandate and the people’s confidence in the Government has been lost and the people will not accept any change made in the present Parliament,. a new government should be formed within six months with a new mandate.

As a temporary governance structure for the time being, the JJB proposed allowing the JJB to elect an interim government through Parliament since the JJB is ready to take on the responsibility of ending the current political crisis and anarchy and taking the country on a new path.

If not, form an interim government in the current parliament for a short period of time. There, JJB MPs will not be part of it, but will support the initiative while in opposition.

The interim government, which will be appointed in any of the above ways, shall perform the following functions:

i. The 21st Amendment to the Constitution, which limits the powers of President and limits the term of office of the current President, should be brought and passed in Parliament immediately.

ii. Steps should be taken to provide the much-needed relief to alleviate the severe economic pressures currently faced by the people.

iii. An amendment to the Constitution to abolish the executive presidency should be presented to the Parliament and approved.

iv. A referendum should be held simultaneously with the general election for the constitutional amendment to abolish the current executive presidency, so that a new government can be established within six months of the formation of the caretaker government.

v. An Oversight/Advisory body should be appointed to oversee the functioning of the interim government as agreed. It should consist of representatives of the People’s struggle, religious leaders and representatives of various professional organisations and civil society organisations, including trade union representatives involved in the current people’s movement.

By Aloka Kasturiarachchi