Colombo: Backtracking from his stand that the powerful Executive Presidency should be replaced by a parliamentary system headed by an Executive Prime Minister, Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa said on July 26 that he never sought the abolition of the Executive Presidency.
“I never said anywhere that the Executive Presidency should be abolished. But I would like to be in Parliament,” Rajapaksa said in Hakmana on July 26.
“I spoke to Ranil Wickremesinghe (the Leader of the Opposition) and explained our program to him. I did not say that the Executive Presidency should be abolished,” Daily Mirror quotes him as saying.
Apart from wanting to sit in Parliament (presently, he can address Parliament only occasionally), the President said that the constitutional change must include the right to switch parties. He recalled that his own party, Sri Lanka Freedom Party was formed because its founder, SWRD.