New Constitution – Govt. has no legitimacy to do so: MR
Posted on January 12th, 2019

Ajith Siriwardana and Yohan Perera Courtesy The Daily Mirror

Opposition Leader Mahinda Rajapaksa said today the government did not have the legitimacy to introduce a new constitution and urged it to go for a parliamentary election so that people’s approval could be obtained for such a move.

“There should be legitimacy prior to introducing a new constitution. We doubt if the present government has that legitimacy. They lost the local government elections and is delaying the provincial council elections. It even went to court to prevent a parliamentary election,” he told the Constitutional Assembly.

He proposed both parties should present their draft constitutions to the people at the next parliamentary election for approval by the people.

Mr. Rajapaksa said the government should consider all shades of opinions and make public what they were going to do.

“One community cannot suppress another community. All communities should arrive at a consensus,” he said.

4 Responses to “New Constitution – Govt. has no legitimacy to do so: MR”

  1. Dilrook Says:

    Mahinda is right. The government has no mandate to introduce a new constitution.

    2019 is an election year. No attempt must be made to introduce a new constitution in a hurry.

  2. Ancient Sinhalaya Says:

    Traitor chief die hard catholic token Buddhist bay gal karaya mega thief mega thakkadiya walking crime bomb
    (against Sinhalese Buddhists, Sri Lanka and Buddhism only) Batalande Wa(n)dakaya Pol Pot [email protected]_leech wickrama
    Sinhala killer can never be the president of the country since it can’t secure enough votes to get the job. It knows
    furthest it can get is the pathala man PM job. So what do you do? You remove EP and aga matta becomes the
    most powerful. Wa(n)dakaya is 70 and (we sincerely hope this is the last year for the traitor chief on this planet)
    it wants to be executive pathala man PM before it disappear from the planet. Wa(n)dakaya should be happy
    enough since it is a lajja nathi bajja nathi aga matta already if he is a real Buddhist since Buddhism looks at the life
    in a balanced attitude. But it is a token Buddhist and won’t know these things.

  3. Dilrook Says:

    A good speech by Gotabaya. However, his noble attempts to revive nationalism will fail as Sri Lanka is a divided society along ethnic lines. We need a leader to champion Sinhala interests first. When the majority is happy the nation can be steered in the right direction. Appeasing minorities to convince that they are better off in an undivided country is unwise. It never works. Sinhalas have to make further sacrifices for nothing.


  4. Christie Says:

    This government did not bring up the constitution reform before the last election.

    They should bring it up at the next election.

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