REFERENDUM IN THE OFFING?
After the next Presidential Election is held early January, the government could hold a referendum to extend the life of the present Parliament by a further six years, under powers vested in the Executive, Minister of Botanical Gardens and Public Recreation, Jayaratne Herath hinted.
He made this observation during an event to mark the assuming of duties of Deputy Minister of Botanical Gardens and Public Recreation, V. Radhakrishnan, yesterday. Herath also said it was the United People’s Freedom Alliance (UPFA) that is enjoying the benefits of the Executive Presidency that was introduced by the United National Party (UNP) and added it was President Rajapaksa who ended the war though there were several Executive Presidents before him. “President Rajapaksa used the powers of the Executive to end the conflict,” he said. Herath also said the President will win the upcoming election with a big margin.
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