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* Sri Lanka opposition party leaders to meet today to call for abolishing executive presidency
Thu, Jul 24, 2014, 12:52 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

July 24, Colombo: Sri Lanka opposition parties, civic organizations and individuals are to meet today to sign a petition calling for the abolishing of executive presidency.

At the meeting former President Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga and the Opposition and United National Party (UNP) Leader Ranil Wickremasinghe will sign a petition calling for the abolishing of the abolishing of executive.

Political leaders and leaders of civic organizations will meet at the New Town Hall in Colombo and the signing of the petition will take place at 2:30 p.m.

The convener of the National Movement For Social Justice, Ven. Maduluwawe Sobhitha Thero, whose name was proposed as the common candidate of the opposition, will lead the program.

Politicians including Tamil National Alliance (TNA) leader R. Sampanthan, leader of Marxist party Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna Anura Kumara Dissanayake, Democratic Party leader Sarath Fonseka, Nawa Sihala Urumaya leader Sarath Manamendra and former Chief Justice Shirani Bandaranayake are expected to join the event which will be held at the New Town Hall in Colombo at 4:00 p.m., the Sri Lanka Mirror reported.

According to the political activists, opposition parties, groups and organizations are trying to form a common platform with a common aim at the next presidential elections and Ven. Sobhitha Thera and leaders of leading opposition parties have reached a consensus on abolishing the executive presidency.

Activists Jayampathi Wickramaratne PC, Victor Ivan, Deepika Udugama and Asanka Thilakaratne are to address the event.

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