President says shortcomings in constitutional and electoral law hamper building of a good society

(COLOMBO, LANKAPUVATH) –Sri Lanka President Maithripala Sirisena says the existing legal framework and shortcomings of the Constitution and the electoral law of the country raise obstacles to building a good society.

President Maithripala Sirisena made this observation while addressing the national ceremony held at the BMICH yesterday to present the recommendations for a new political culture to leaders of all political parties in Sri Lanka.

The event was organized with the aim of presenting recommendations to political parties and the general public for achieving a carefully practiced political culture in Sri Lanka.

The proposal was prepared with the concurrence of religious leaders of all faiths including Buddhist chief prelates of tri-chapters.

Speaking further the President stated that he does not approve granting additional privileges to a Member of Parliament other than the parliamentary privileges, as he does not approve of spending public funds in an unbearable manner.

The President also said that he fully agrees with the recommendations prepared by the religious leaders including the Venerable Maha Sangha and he will fully support implementing the recommendations if all political parties represented in Parliament would agree to the proposals.

This set of recommendations has been prepared by the Buddha Sasana Task Force, chaired by the Most Venerable Diviyagaha Yasassi Thera.

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, Opposition Leader Mahinda Rajapaksa and many political leaders attended the meeting.

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