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PM emphasizes there is no room for a division of the country

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By ITN News Editor January 11, 2019 18:47

PM emphasizes there is no room for a division of the country

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremasinghe has emphasized that no room will be left for any proposal to divide country. The Prime Minister made this reference when the Constitutional AssemBly met this morning.

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe mentioned that the proposed new Constitution will not have any negative implications on the priority granted to Buddhism and the unitary state of the country. Presenting the Steering Committee on Constitutional Reform’s report compiled by an Expert Committee, on proposals pertaining to the new Constitution before the Constitutional Assembly, the Prime Minister said the opinions of all parties will be considered. He said introducing a Constitutional draft or divisions within a country were not a concern adding politically destitute people are trying to take such claims forward as today they have no other topic to talk about.

The Prime Minister pointed out that the opinions of all parties will be considered. The 9th Article regarding Buddhism was included in the 1972 Constitution by the committee led by Former Prime Minister Dudley Senanayake, further remarking it is unlikely that there is anyone who wants to change this.

Premier Wickremasinghe said everyone wishes the article remain the same. He also said a unitary state concept has been accepted by many and there are varied opinions and those must be discussed. A federal state concept does not exist and they must decide on power devolution in a unitary state. The Prime Minister said further discussions are necessary pertaining to the matter of the Executive Presidency.The abolishment of the Executive Presidency must not be discussed, as there is nothing that will lead to divisions or that will ruin the status of Buddhism. He opined that the UNP is clear that the new Constitution should protect these two facts.

The Prime Minister said factions levelled various charges during the end of 2018, however he stressed there is nothing negative regarding them matter. He said he doubts that a majority will even read the report, adding however the report is now vested with the Assembly and the Assembly will decide on what needs to be done. The Premier said their responsibility is complete, adding the parties must now discuss the report.

ITN News Editor
By ITN News Editor January 11, 2019 18:47
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