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Tamil party says Fonseka will act to abolish exe presidency

Sarath Fonseka will work towards abolishing executive presidency if he wins the January election,a prominent Tamil party said.

Written by Agencies | Colombo |
December 3, 2009 4:53:13 pm

Sri Lankan opposition’s presidential candidate Sarath Fonseka will work towards abolishing executive presidency if he wins the January election,and will act as an “interim president” till parliamentary supremacy is restored,a prominent Tamil party said on Thursday.

“There is no term as interim president and it is only a political statement… Sarath Fonseka,if elected,will act like an interim president and work for abolishing the executive presidency,” the Democratic People’s Front (DPF) Chief Mano Ganesan said.

Ganesan said in the event of the former Army commander winning the elections,he will strive for a two-thirds majority in Parliament to scrap executive Presidency.

“If he fails to do so,the Opposition will wait for the new parliament for which elections are due in April,” he said.

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On the opposition’s strategy if the executive presidency was abolished,Ganesan said Fonseka will not be asked to quit but will continue as a common President without being an executive president.

Ganesan said if Fonseka,who is considered the architect of victory over LTTE,achieved a victory in the presidential polls,the present cabinet led by Ratnasiri Wickremanayake will have to be replaced by an all-party caretaker government.

He,however,also made it clear that the question of a third presidential candidate from the Tamil community was still an option if things did not work out on expected lines.

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First published on: 03-12-2009 at 04:53:13 pm

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