The 13th amendment to the constitution should be implemented in a way that suits the nation's growth and future, said President Ranil Wickremesinghe today (09).

Addressing parliament, he said achieving this requires a consensus among all members through comprehensive and open-minded deliberations.

President Wickremesinghe highlighted the 13th amendment, which oversees the decentralization of power to provincial councils, holds the utmost legal significance in the country.

He emphasized the necessity of respecting and adhering to it, stressing that both the executive and legislature have a responsibility to uphold and implement its provisions.Advocating a departure from the traditional view of the opposition merely criticizing the government, he urged a more inclusive approach that involves considering opposition viewpoints in decision-making, promoting a more balanced and collaborative political environment.

He further emphasized the importance of acting confidently and responsibly.

The nation’s development relies on the joint efforts of following a fresh direction, encouraging the adoption of this new approach, he said.

Wickremesinghe urged all members to avoid engaging in personal debates and instead focus on envisioning the nation’s future.

He also called for sincere unity among parliamentarians to collaboratively make decisions that prioritize the country’s long-term interests.

Full statement in video below:


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