The discussion in connection with the 20th amendment to the Constitution presented by the JVP in Parliament was held between the Leader of the Opposition Mahinda Rajapaksa and the JVP yesterday (6th). The JVP intends having discussions with all political parties that represent Parliament regarding abolishing executive presidency.
The discussion participated by the Leader of the JVP Comrade Anura Dissanayaka, Members of the Political Bureau Comrade Vijitha Herath and Comrade Sunil Handunneththi on behalf of the JVP was held at the office of the Leader of the Opposition.
Parliamentarians Dinesh Gunawardene and Dallas Alahapperuma joined the Leader of the Opposition Mahinda Rajapaksa in the discussions.
Six months have gone by since the 20th amendment was presented in Parliament and according to standing orders the debate on the 20th amendment could be taken at anytime the party leaders decide pointed out Comrade Anura Dissanayaka. He said the discussion with the Leader of the Opposition was held as the JVP wanted the discussion on the amendment not to be restricted to Parliament.
Speaking to the media after the discussion the JVP Leader said an administrative system that centered on a Parliamentary system is suitable to our country than an administration that is based on the executive presidential system.
The Leader of the Opposition Mahinda Rajapaksa, at the discussion, said they, as a policy, agree to abolish the executive presidential system but are concerned as the executive presidential system is linked to the 13th amendment. As such, Mr Rajapaksa has told the JVP delegation that they would have to take a decision after having discussions with political parties with his alliance.