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Karu ready to contest to abolish executive presidency

Speaker Karu Jayasuriya says he will consider contesting the presidential election if abolishing the Executive Presidency is the mandate under which he contests.

Jayasuriya says that he would consider contesting the forthcoming presidential election only with the political forces which had since 1995 consistently stood for the abolishing of the executive presidency.

Issuing a statement, the Speaker said he would do so together with those who stood for democratic reforms introduced by the 17th Amendment and further strengthened by the 19the Amendment to the Constitution.

Jayasuriya says he was requested by the clergy, civil societies and youth movements to consider contesting the forthcoming presidential elections.

He noted that these parties highlighted the need for a noble leader who will protect democracy and address the country’s political issues.

He observes that strengthening the 19th Amendment to the Constitution must also be a part of the mandate.

He further notes that in such background he said will contest as the candidate of the United National Front (UNF) with the blessings of the party members.

Jayasuriya’s statement follows UNP’s announcement that it will abolish the executive presidency immediately after the 2020 presidential elections.

The United National Party (UNP) is currently in a deadlock unable to reach consensus over the appointment of a suitable presidential candidate.

UNP Leader, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe and Deputy Leader, MInister Sajith Premadasa have declared their intentions to contest at the presidential election.

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