Platform for Freedom, a civil society movement in Sri Lanka states that power for prorogation is an unnecessary privilege of executive presidency which stands against the democratic practice. They argue that prorogation, per se, is not for a fresh start but it actually ends certain ongoing democratic moves against the ugly past of the government.
The full statement of the organization is given below:
The next session of the parliament which was prorogued by President Maithripala Sirisena by virtue of the executive powers vested in him by Article 70 of the Constitution will commence on 8th May.
This prorogation itself justifies the need for abolish the executive presidency in Sri Lanka. The power for prorogation is an unnecessary privilege of executive presidency which stands against the democratic practice. Prorogation, per se, is not for a fresh start. It actually ends certain ongoing democratic moves against the ugly past of the government
Due to prorogation, the progressive moves like National Audit Act need to be re-entered into the parliament agenda.
Further, the President’s office that utilizes a huge amount of public money displayed its size of inefficiency by issuing three gazette notifications in terms of convening the next session of parliament. It is no wonder the President’s Chief of Staff and another senior official under him have been arrested while soliciting a massive bribe from an investor.
Meanwhile, the President’s party says they have plans to elect him again for the position. It is pathetic that the third consecutive politician who has promised to abolish the executive presidency immediately after election is breaking promises blatantly.
We, Platform for Freedom, make use of this moment to urge President Maithripala Sirisena to abide with his election promises and act fast to amend the constitution so that the head of state is permanently accountable to the parliament.
While congratulating the new parliament session and the re-shuffled cabinet, we demand them to work hard with determination to fulfill the promises delivered to people to bring reconciliation, economic prosperity, good governance, rule of law and democracy.
- Platform for Freedom