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* Sri Lanka nationalist party says abolishing Executive Presidency not in President's manifesto
Sun, Jun 6, 2010, 09:47 am SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Jun 06, Colombo: Sri Lanka's ruling United People's Freedom Alliance member, Jathika Hela Urumaya's theoretician and Power and Energy Minister Patali Champika Ranawaka says that the President's manifesto Mahinda Chinthana Idiri Dekma has not pledged to abolish the Executive Presidency .

He has explained to the local media that what has been stated in the Mahinda Chinthana Idiri Dekma is that the Executive Presidency would be made a position that would be answerable to the judiciary and the legislature.

However, he has observed that there are several proposals that have been put forward in relation to the Executive Presidency by constituent members of the governing UPFA.

Some UPFA member parties have said they wanted the position abolished, some want the post to continue after certain amendments, and some don't want an Executive Prime Minster post, he has said.

Ranawaka noted that the UPFA party leaders would have to hold further discussions on the issue, adding that the constitutional amendments would nevertheless take place as proposed.

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