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President urges constitution that strengthens Parliament, ensures rights in undivided, unitary state


President Maithripala Sirisena has stated that the objective of the Government is to further strengthen Parliament system of government through a constitution, which ensures rights of all the citizens in an undivided unitary state.

He made these observations addressing a special sitting of Parliament to commemorate the 70th Anniversary of Parliamentary Democracy in Sri Lanka, today.

President Sirisena stated that there is a need to further strengthening the Parliament and said that the cooperation of all the political parties representing the Supreme Parliament is required. All mast commit themselves in bringing economic prosperity to the country, while following a political agenda which deviates the power centered on one person to a collective power.

He appealed for the need to work in a manner which will not create a conflict between the Legislature, the Executive and the Judiciary. The Executive should ensure the supremacy of the rule of law while strengthening the democracy, human rights and fundamental rights. In the process of ensuring the supremacy of the rule of law, the right of the judiciary to act independently and impartially should be ensured.

He recalled with great respect all the political leaders who rendered a great service during this 70 year long prestigious parliamentary history.

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe and the Opposition Leader R.Sampanthan also addressed the gathering. Local and foreign distinguished guests, including Speakers and Deputy Speakers of Parliaments of SAARC countries participated on this occasion.






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