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19A must be repealed for it leads to political instability: President Sirisena

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President Maithripala Sirisena has called for the repeal of the 19th Amendment to the Constitution as a legislation that had led to political instability in the country.

President Sirisena made this criticism of 19 A in his speech at the 40th anniversary celebrations of the National Housing Development Authority on Sunday at the Bandaranaike Memorial International Conference Hall (BMICH) on Sunday.

Housing Minister Sajith Rajapakse, Ven. Banagala Upatissa the chief prelate in Japan, Premier Ranil Wickramasinghe, Former Minister Ms. Ferial Ashroff, and Former Chairpersons in the National Housing Development Authority were also among the large gathering.

During his speech, Sirisena said:

“The 18th and 19th amendments to the Constitution should be abolished in order to establish good governance ensuring freedom and democracy in the future. Although the 19th Amendment was introduced because of the monarchial and dictatorial nature of the 18th Amendment introduced by the former government, the 19th Amendment made it impossible for the country to move forward under a single political leadership creating a political uncertainty where objectives of the good governance proved futile. The biggest mistake of this government is the 19th Amendment since it created political instability.

Even though the monarchical and dictatorial nature of the 18th Amendment to the Constitution resulted in bringing the 19th Amendment to the Constitution by the successive government, the latter made the country impossible to move forward under a single political leadership, thus creating a political uncertainty where the objectives of the good governance proved futile.

The time has come for the post-mortem to be held. If this government was bad for the country in the past four and a half years, the main reason is the 19 th Amendment. Otherwise this is a very good government.

There is an allegation among the people in this country that the Prime Minister and I are pulling in different directions. It was the 19th Amendment that created that situation for both sides. The 19th Amendment introduced a system of drawing both sides apart. It caused a huge loss to the country. The government too suffered a great loss. If the 19th Amendment had not been dopted, this four and a half years would have been a great victory.

The country today needs a people friendly government sensitive to their expectations and for that matter honest and patriotic leaders are a prerequisite. In addition, if the 1.6 million strong public servants discharge their duties and responsibilities with no corruption and bribes people's expectations can be met.”

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