9th amendment to constitution caused political instability in country: Maithripala Sirisena

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Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena today said that 19th amendment to the constitution has caused political instability in the country and called for its abolition before the Presidential elections scheduled later this year. Addressing a press conference in Colombo today, Mr Sirisena said there is one government under him and another under Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe which is damaging to the country.

Mr Sirisena said people gave him license to run the country but the 19th amendment allowed parliament to take away his powers and give it to Prime minister, who took the front seat. He said the amendment has manifested in two leaders running the country and warned that a vehicle cannot be run by two drivers. The President warned that the country may become further unstable and called for all parties to come together to abolish it.

The Sri Lankan President also announced that he has signed death executions for four persons to be carried soon. It will be after several decades that Sri Lanka will be introducing the death penalty and several human rights organizations have expressed concern over it. Mr Sirisena accepted that visit of PM Narendra Modi has sent a strong message to the world about the return of normalcy to the country after Easter Sunday attacks. (AIR NEWS)

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