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* Sri Lanka Tamil Party, JVP agree to work together to abolish executive presidency
Tue, Mar 12, 2019, 12:35 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Mar 12, Colombo: Sri Lanka's main Tamil party Tamil national Alliance (TNA) and Marxist party Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) on Monday have reached an agreement to work together towards abolishing the executive presidency in the country.

The Leader of JVP MP Anura Dissanayaka said a common agreement was reached between the two parties to identify sectors in which both parties in politics could ideologically agree.

The two parties held a meeting yesterday at the JVP head office at Pelawatta in connection with the draft of the 20th amendment to the Constitution the JVP presented in parliament.

JVP leader Dissanayaka said that abolishing the executive presidency and getting all to contribute in power-sharing was discussed and the leaders of both parties paid attention to the need for a new political direction in an environment where the so-called main political parties have degenerated.

He said despite there are differences as political parties, there were many areas the JVP and the TNA could ideologically agree and the TNA’s support ideologically to abolish executive presidency is a healthy sign.

MP Dissanayaka said accordingly, both parties were able to hold an important discussion that would lead the politics in the country towards a new horizon.

The Leader of the TNA R Sampanthan, speaking to the media about the discussion said he agrees with the views expressed by the JVP Leader. He also pointed out that the JVP was informed about the discussions the TNA had with the President and the Prime Minister in connection with the devolution of power.

Mr Sampanthan said the JVP and the TNA should work together to get the politics in the country along a correct path and emphasized that it would definitely occur in the future.

TNA MPs M A Sumanthiran, Selvam Adaikalanathan and D. Siddharthan along with TNA leader Mr. Sampanthan represented the TNA while the JVP was represented by the leader MP Dissanayaka, the General Secretary Tilvin Silva and the Member of the Political Bureau Lal Kantha.


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