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Ranil Wickremesinghe

Executive President cannot govern a country – RW

Leader of the United National Party Ranil Wickremesinghe says the country should be governed by a government and not by an executive President.

The UNP Leader was speaking at the Professionals for Democracy event last evening.

The UNP Leader said they all got together and made a hopper, adding they expected democracy, to examine corruption cases, development and reconciliation.

However he said the turn of events on the 26th of October surprised many, trust was lost and they were left wondering how the man they voted for could take such action.

Ranil Wickremesinghe said they initiated this journey to establish a healthy society, however some thought the journey thus far was all for nought because of such terrible action.

He remarked that night he thought he should spend the night at the Temple Trees, adding since he was elected Prime Minister he had only spent two nights at Temple Trees.

The next day he however he noted what he saw was that the people were not willing to give up this fight, not for an individual or a party.

He stressed the public did so for their rights and in order to develop the country.

The UNP Leader further commented one day he asked everyone whether he should go home however noting they said no, that he should remain here and that he should go home only when this all ends.

Ranil Wickremesinghe said that was the level of our strength, adding they can be pleased about one thing; democracy has surely been strengthened over the past three years.

Ranil Wickremesinghe added the President’s power should be pruned further while strengthening independent institutions established through Parliament.

He stated the power of a government should have restrictions and it is their responsibility to create that.

He noted with their appointments, Judges, the IGP and the Attorney General have to adhere to a system, as that system will decide.

He said in the past court cases were spoken of over the phone, and asked what should be done about it.

Wickremesinghe however said he is now proud that since January 2015 Ministers including himself have not spoken to any Judge, adding that was because of the strength that all institutions hold independently after being appointed by Parliament.

He said they witnessed how some factions behaved in November, adding those groups insulted Parliament.

Ranil Wickremesinghe stressed today voters ask if this is what a Parliament should be, adding they hope to inspire better behaviour and the group will rethink their strategy.

He stressed they will act against those who violated Parliament norms. However he remarked doing all this is not enough; the executive powers of the President must be curtailed.

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