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* Buddhist monk-led movement in Sri Lanka discusses national issues with Marxist party
Sun, May 18, 2014, 10:55 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

May 18, Colombo: Chief incumbent of the Naga Vihara in Kotte Ven. Maduluwawe Sobitha Thero, the leader of the National Movement for Social Justice in Sri Lanka, has discussed with the Marxist party, Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP), a set of proposals prepared by the movement to address the issues faced by the country.

The JVP leader Anura Kumara Dissanayaka and Politburo member, MP Sunil Handunnetti represented the party at the discussions held today at the JVP head office in Pelawatte.

The National Movement for Social Justice was represented by Ven. Sobitha Thero, Attorney at Law J.C. Weliamuna, Attorney at Law Nimal Punchihewa and President's Counsel Jayampathy Wickramaratne.

The proposals compiled by the movement included the abolition of the executive presidency and re-implementing the 17th Amendment.

The discussion was based on what could be done to implement the proposals and the JVP representatives have emphasized the need for an alternative programme for the country.

The JVP has noted that the abolition of the executive presidency is vital and it should be linked with a common programme that seeks a social transformation that implements alternative economic policies as a solution for the economic, political and social crises faced by the country.

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