18th Amendment Has A very Positive Ring Towards The Best Interests Of Sri Lanka Despite Opposition Paranoia.
Posted on September 11th, 2010

LankaWeb Weekly Editorial

Sept 11th 2010

It seems uncanny that the world at large is presented with a doomsday portrayal of Sri Lanka’s recent 18th Amendment approval by a two third majority in Parliament as those presenting it are from the losing side, namely the opposition led by a lame duck leader headed for oblivion and a deposed former Army Commander who is bitter that he could not get his hands on Presidential Power which if it had transpired would have indeed been the real doomsday scenario for Sri Lanka based upon many tangibilities linked to him as a dangerous and autocratic leader now paying the price for his major~ no pun intended~ errors.
 
The fears of a looming all-powerful Executive Presidency from all the wrong sources projecting this is unmitigated paranoia where Sri Lankan lawmakers overwhelmingly voted on Wednesday to bring in an amendment to the country’s Constitution to abolish the two term limit for Presidents and expand the powers of the country’s top executive office which is probably the best thing that happened to this once terrorist beleaguered albeit Paradisical Island Nation in many decades. The new 18th amendment (18 A)  which gives President Mahinda Rajapaksa, at the age of 64 sweeping powers to make crucial appointments in the Judiciary and Public Service Commissions as well as implement what many believe is a well grounded and fortuitous program towards posterity in many other Legislative and Administrative Areas linked to the Nation’s development in a very pragmatic as well as practical vision that would benefit all ethnicities and will be overseen for years to come by his infinite wisdom, courage and assertiveness towards decision making which no previous Lankan leader has ever shown.
 
 Although these traits were indeed present all througout his tenure as the President in the past, they will be now pivotal towards implementation of everything the 18th Amendment entails by  being completely accessible to him where most Lankans seem happy to grant him the privilege and place the Nation in his trust while some seem to think negatively that too much power in the hands of one individual could be dangerous which suggests the insecurities of those who attempted to ursurp his authority and high office through failed and botched attempts to unseat him and something they need to come to terms with and perhaps change their allegiances towards supporting the President! based purely on his track record as well as placing trust and confidence in his tam of Administrators where in all probabilities a few undesirables need to be weeded out and emphasis given to patronage as well as reckless spending on the part of some who seem to believe that being in administrative office grants Carte Blanche towards uncontrolled financial excesses as shamefully seen on the part of certain high living MP’s and Cabinet Members.

While the amendment itself has projected President Rajapaksa into one of the the most powerful Presidents in South Asia there is a very practical aspect to it as during his tenure he has proved his net worth as a patriotic leader and has steered Sri Lanka through very turbulent times while ridding it of the menace which threatened to destroy the Sinhala Nation possibly in its entirety had Eelam prevailed.and as many believe, who better to entrust the future of this proud Nation than her proudest and most deserving son who has risen to the task of all expectations towards Sri Lanka’s projected future and the well being of all her populace, disgruntled opposition minorities notwithstanding!

A jubilant Prime Minister the Hon.Mr. D.M. Jayaratne has expressed his thoughts in parliament in hindsight perhaps that”We are presenting the 18th Amendment to the Constitution today because we believe it will give us a strong leader to fast-track economic development after the war,” where the outcome of its approval was obviously known in advance and there is little towards speculation that the outcome was always a riding of the wave of the President’s resounding victory over Tamil Tiger terrorism which has projected him into a near demi god status with most Sri Lankan people who knew  first hand the horrors and attrocities perpetrated on the Nation by the Tamil Tiger terrorists where few would disentitle him to the privilege or deny him any of the acollades he richly deserves where the 18th Amendment perhaps is the plum if them all!

While there may be some  critics who suggest that President Rajapaksa used his popularity generated by the defeat of the Tamil Tigers to further his own cause and smother opposition, the more realistic aspect to this is that the opposition virtually smothered itself through the manouverings of its lame duck leader Ranil Wickremasinghe who openly colluded with the now incarcerated former Army Commander in a vague and failed attempt to wrest power and the people of Sri Lanka knowledgeable about this chose to mandate their beloved leader rather than risk a takeover by sources which could have more than likely initiated a betrayal of Sri Lanka to her enemies where no amout of rhetoric towards bringing disrepute to the President as was seen throught the opposition electoral campaigns was powerful enough to sway the minds of the discerning voting public and surely their faith in this President will be rewarded through what he is ready to deliver towards the betterment of the Nation in no small measure.Already the development projects are becoming visible through foreign investment and aid and the influx of tourists to this beautiful land bear testimony to the reality that the18th Amendment is surely in the best interests of Sri Lanka and has a very positive ring to it!!.  

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