FLSP demands ‘real’ changes

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Frontline Socialist Party Propaganda Secretary Pubudu Jayagoda said that the party is expecting to handover a set of proposals to the government to ensure authentic democratic reforms.

Speaking at a press conference in Colombo yesterday, he said that while the government was concerned about good governance and anti-corruption, no attention is given to other important affairs. He said that the government should take steps to investigate incidents such as the murder of Lasantha Wickremetunge, shooting at Rathupaswala, killing of Roshen Chanaka at Katunayake and various disappearances that happened during the former government’s tenure.

While the anti-corruption drive is important, Jayagoda stressed that finding answers to these incidents and revealing those who were responsible is important to ensure democratic change.

Meanwhile, he also added that the constitutional amendments that are proposed should involve a “People’s Constitutional Assembly.” He added that the 100-Day Program was proposing a constitutional reform through Parliament. However, if it needs to be democratic, people’s involvement is essential, Jayagoda stressed.

If the government was sincere in its commitment to ensure democracy, it should repeal legislation such as the Prevention of Terrorism Act, Jayagoda also said.

He also said that the new government was speedy in consolidating power such as swearing-in the President and the Prime Minister. However, other steps proposed in the 100-Day Program should be carried out according to the timetable.

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