Leader of the United National Party former Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe has requested the government to repeal the 20th Amendment to the Constitution and take steps to re-enact the 19th Amendment to the Constitution.
The UNP leader requested the government to reach an agreement with the opposition to seek solutions to the current economic crisis and other issues the country is facing.
In a statement to media today, the former Premier said discussions must be held in order to address the economic crisis that affects all sectors and individuals in the country, adding that another important factor is issues that arose due to COVD-19 and protecting the GSP+ concession.
Wickremesinghe noted by addressing such concerns, issues faced by minority groups can also be addressed.
The former Premier said through such efforts a strong Sri Lankan identity can be created adding that Parliament must discuss matters and reach decisions.
The UNP leader added he read in today’s newspapers of the special discussion held between the Cabinet of Ministers and the President.
Wickremesinghe said during the meeting the President had accepted that his political experience is limited and that the Prime Minister must come forward and together with other experienced Ministers work together to uplift the country.
Commending this statement, the UNP leader said the President has accepted that the 20th Amendment has been a failure.
The former Premier added the Amendment affected the Cabinet system and it led to governments within a government being created to address the COVID-19 situation and economic concerns including the price of rice.
Ranil Wickremesinghe claimed all hope was diminished and no results were gained and therefore highlighted the importance of a traditional Cabinet governance structure.