amendment ‘makes President more humane’
most hotly-debated topic in political circles today is the
18th Amendment to the Constitution which was passed in
Parliament on Wednesday with 161 members voting for it. SLFP
general secretary Maithripala Sirisena, who is also a senior
cabinet minister, meets the criticism against the Amendment
in an interview with The Nation.
Q: Two days ahead of the passage of the 18th Amendment
you foretold that more than 160 MPs would vote for the
amendment. How do you account for being able to make a
During the `operation’ we carried out to ensure the passage
of the amendment, it became obvious to us that there were
several UNP MPs set to cross over to the government. The
voting on the amendment confirmed our belief that more than
160 members would vote for it.
family regime on way’
On what basis you decided the 18th Amendment is dangerous to
The 18th Amendment would build a Marcos-type of a
despotic family regime and would annul independent
commissions that would be a hindrance to the despotic path.
The progressive masses in the country need not be
disappointed regarding the adoption of the 18th Amendment as
it does not represent the true majority of the masses in the
country and the two-third majority is made up of cowards who
betrayed their conscious for their existence in the present
government and those nincompoops who pawned their conscience
for money and various perks.
foul over UPFA’s ‘undemocratic and unethical’ actions
Good governance is at
The controversial 18th Amendment to the 1978 constitution
saw much resistance from civil rights organisations as well
as opposition political parties from the day the talks of
such amendments came to the limelight.
However, the 18th Amendment has now become part of Sri
Lankan laws after being passed in parliament with a
two-third majority in Parliament.
The main opposition UNP and the JVP both took to streets
last week against the 18th Amendment.
The UNP staged a walkout from parliamentary sittings and
also abstained from voting.
The DNA of which the JVP is main constituent was however
present in parliament and voted against the 18th Amendment.
In the aftermath of all this political drama, The Nation
spoke to UNP Kurunegala district Parliamentarian Dayasiri
Jayasekara, who led a Satyagraha at the Parliamentary
complex last Tuesday (7) against the government’s move, and
to JVP general secretary Tilvin Silva to find out their
People ‘will benefit if
TNA joins govt’
Majority of easterners oppose
merger, says ex-LTTE commander
By Arthur Wamanan
The majority of the people in the East would not support the
North and East merger, former LTTE Eastern Commander, who is
currently the Deputy Resettlement Minister and Sri Lanka
Freedom Party vice-president Vinayagamurthi Muralitharan
said. In an interview with The
Nation, he called upon Tamil parties to unite for the
betterment of the people who had suffered during the war.
He said the people, who were being resettled, were being
provided with basic facilities and development schemes were
continuously being carried out in the region.