Sri Lanka’s United National Party corrects historical mistake: Ravi Karunanayake

Apr 29, 2015 (LBO) – Sri Lanka’s largest single political party on Tuesday corrected its historical mistake by passing the 19th amendment to the constitution, Finance Minister Ravi Karunanayake said.

“We are the ones who created the Executive Presidency. We accept that it was indeed a mistake. But taking a long time to correct that mistake was the real loss for the country. So we as UNP corrected our mistake.” Karunanayake said.

Sri Lanka’s Parliament on Tuesday passed the 19th amendment by reducing certain arbitrary powers vested with the executive President despite the fact that United National Party in the recent past vowed to abolish the executive presidency.

The determination of the Supreme Court left significant proposals away from the proposed amendment as it required a referendum to change some articles of the constitution.