New constitution is a non starter, says Mahinda
Posted on January 27th, 2019

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Sri Lanka’s Opposition leader Mahinda Rajapaksa has said Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe’s government lacks political capability and does not have adequate support in Parliament to pass the new Constitution, which he claimed that if introduced will divide the country.

He also reiterated his demand for a fresh poll in the island nation.

The current government lacks the political capability to enact the proposed new Constitution. They have no support in parliament to pass that,” Rajapaksa told reporters on Saturday.

This is a Constitution which aims to divide the country,” he said, adding that the government has failed to deliver their promises made in elections and made it unpopular.

We want a general election,” he said.

Sri Lanka’s former strongman, who attempted to overthrow Wickremesinghe with the help of President Maithripala Sirisena last year, has been attacking the prime minister’s move to introduce a new Constitution after a report prepared by the Panel of
Experts for the Steering Committee was presented in Parliament early this month.

During a debate in the House, Rajapaksa said the effort must now be abandoned and there must be a fresh parliamentary poll.

The Rajapaksa camp claims that the report is the new draft of the Constitution and it aims to dilute the unitary state of the island nation, degrading the upmost position granted to the majority Sinhala Buddhist religion in the current Constitution.

Speaking in Jaffna on Saturday, a senior member of the Tamil National Alliance (TNA), M A Sumanthiran said that the proposed Constitution would ensure the island’s unitary character.

Misinformation was being spread by the Rajapaksa-led Opposition that the new Constitution will formulate a federal structure for Sri Lanka despite repeated explanations that the unitary state and the position of Buddhism will not be harmed,” he said.

The TNA opposed the October 26 standoff when Rajapaksa was appointed as the prime minister by Sirisena in violation of the Constitution.

They voted against Rajapaksa as the new prime minister and demanded the restoration of Ranil Wickremesinghe.

The Rajapaksa camp now alleges Wickremesinghe of relying on the TNA support to prove his majority in Parliament to continue the government.

Wickremesinghe, therefore, is under TNA’s obligation to deliver a new constitution to appease them, they alleged.

Source: News18

2 Responses to “New constitution is a non starter, says Mahinda”

  1. Dilrook Says:


    Mahinda has again shown he makes sense of it all. Only Mahinda makes political sense in his entire clan. All others have no clue about politics.

    Mahinda therefore supports abolishing of executive presidency while his close family members are trying to save it for themselves not knowing it is disadvantageous to any anti-UNP party.

    The proposed constitution packs so many disparate things together it is very difficult to find 150 MPs who agree to all (emphasize).

  2. Ananda-USA Says:

    Who says Mahinda supports abolishing the Executive Presidency?

    Absolute ROT!

    He wants the 19-A to be abolished TOGETHER WITH ITS with its TERM LIMITS on the Presidency, as I do.

    Then he SUPPORTS the Executive Presidency so he can continue to serve as President SUBJECT ONLY to PERIODIC ELECTION by the Voters,

    That is what I and MOST PATRIOTIC Sri Lankans want: an EFFECTIVE PATRIOTIC TESTED LEADER at the HELM to GUIDE our Motherland to National Security and PROSPERITY!

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