Welgama’s seven point plan to make a difference in country

SJB MP Kumara Welgama Thursday (April 28) presented a proposal to Speaker Mahinda Yapa Abeywardena saying that the Parliament should intervene within the existing constitution in order to save the country from the abyss it and the people are facing today.

The SJB Parliamentarian’s proposal includes the following seven measures that parliament should implement in order to recover from the political crisis.

o Slash all presidential budgets to the last rupee in the next parliamentary session forcing the president to resign.

o Appoint the Chief Justice as the Acting President for a term of three months to fill the vacancy created by the resignation of the President.

o Within those three months, pass the constitutional amendment to abolish the executive presidency and appoint the most senior Member of Parliament as non-executive president.

o Meanwhile, remove several national list members of political parties and appoint professionals such as former Chief Justice Shirani Bandaranayake, former Central Bank Governor Indrajith Coomaraswamy, former Auditor General Gamini Wijesinghe and current Central Bank Governor Nandalal Weerasinghe to Parliament.

o Appoint an Interim Cabinet of not more than 20 including the appointed professionals and uncorrupted professional members of the current parliament for a term of not exceeding an year.

o Within two weeks of the formation of the Interim Government, take steps to provide commodities essential for everyday life at concessionary prices and to expedite the adoption of a national policy in areas including education, health, economy, youth affairs and transport.

o Dissolve Parliament and hold General Elections within one year of the Interim Government.

Parliamentarian Weligama has also informed the Speaker that he will not sign any motion on an interim government or a no-confidence motion. “I will not vote in favor or against any of it. I will not support any government action until the last moment when Gotabaya Rajapaksa is the Head of State.”

MP Welgama has concluded his letter to the Speaker by wishing the “Gota Go Home” people’s struggle victory. He said:

“From 1970 to 1977 a group of intelligent patriotic patriots represented our country in Parliament. The preferential system of voting that came with the introduction of the open economy in 1978 gave the opportunity to a group of greedy businessmen, and not intelligent patriots, to enter parliament. This is a dangerous situation and a reason for the country’s decline. What is needed now for the future of the country and for future generations is to come up with a development plan that can be implemented in a systematic and systemic manner,” he said.


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