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“All we want is that the Constitution must be followed” : Ranil tells President

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United National Party Leader Ranil Wickremasinghe has observed that all that people want is that constitution must be followed, parliamentary democracy is protected and democracy is strengthened.

Ranil Wickremasinghe made this observation addressing the media at Temple Trees on Tuesday, December 4. During his address, Ranil said:

“A President can’t decide this is what I want. It is a parliamentary government, the Parliament majority decides the Prime Minister and the Prime Minister determines the ministers, so they are all controlled by Parliament. First ensure that there is a legitimate government, legitimate according to the Constitution, and thereafter ensure that all parties have come to a consensus on the date of the elections. Two recent court decisions upheld our stance on the need to allow for a constitutional process to be followed.

We will not allow leaders such as Hitler to bypass the constitution to achieve political goals. We cannot go beyond the Constitution. Hitler said the people were with him and put the Constitution aside and brought laws to protect his government. Don’t be like Hitler and some of the other dictators who used referendums and elections and other means of bypassing the Constitution.

All we say is act according to the Constitution and act according to the 19th Amendment which was passed jointly by the UNP, UPFA, TNA and JVP.

President should, even at this late stage respect the Constitution, Parliament and courts and pull the country out of the mess he had created.”

 

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