The Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) leader told a news conference that the JVP needed the support of 150 MPs in Parliament to get this approved and added that President Maithripala Sirisena, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe and former president Mahinda Rajapaksa should advise their parliamentarians to support this Bill.
The Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) leader Anura Kumara Dissanayake said today they would discuss the 20th Amendment with the President and the Prime Minister only after they revealed their stance on abolishing the executive presidency.
“We are ready to have talks with anyone regarding the 20A. We have only six members in Parliament but we need 150 votes to get the Bill approved. The President and the Prime Minister and former president Rajapaksa have repeatedly pledged to abolish the executive presidency. We don’t see any point in asking them whether they are willing to abolish it. We will talk to them only about the 20A after they reveal their stance,” he said.