A Reform Agenda: 1 – Reducing the Power of the Executive

It is widely agreed that the Executive Presidency has too much power, and those now supporting the common candidate are pledged to reduce this. However, in doing so, they should work on basic political principles, and particularly the doctrine known as the Separation of Powers.


This involves building up the powers of other institutions of State, so that the Executive can be held in check. Such institutions include Parliament as representing the legislative power of the State, and the Judiciary which exercises judicial power. In addition, we need to strengthen the media, and also the public service. This last works for the executive, but it must work on the principle that it is the Constitution and Laws that are supreme, not the instructions of individuals exercising power at any particular period.


All those working for the common candidate must then realize that it will not be enough to go back to the Westminster system. After all we know that the government elected in 1970 and in 1977 both engaged in excesses under the Westminster system. The problem then was the idea that Parliament was supreme, and the fact that Parliament was controlled by the Executive power.

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Who is supporting the Tigers? Sinhala Verson

 

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Who is supporting the Tigers

November 24th 2014

The Editor

Daily News

 

Dear Sir

My attention has been drawn to a news item in your columns today under the heading 'Al Jazeera program: With friends like Wijesinha, President didn't need enemies'.

 

The writer, whilst obviously upset that I am not supporting the President in the forthcoming election, asserts that 'What Wijesinha means of course is that our foreign policy should be more agreeable to the Tamil Tiger terrorist sympathizers such as Surendiran'. He also insinuates that I want the President to lose 'so he can be taken before war crimes tribunals'.

 

This is absolute nonsense and ignores completely the altercations I had with Mr Surendiran during the programme. The writer also evidently missed my defence of the manner in which our forces fought the war, which led to the interviewer challenging me.

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