UNP veteran K. N. Choksy PC yesterday said President Mahinda Rajapaksa has benefitted the nation by wiping out terrorism and restoring economic progress.
Speaking of the Vote of Account debate Choksy told the parliament “There is one further important national task left to him, which I am confident he can achieve. That is to establish ethnic understanding and amity between the major communities,”
He went on to say that the Executive Presidency should not be abolished in a hurry. The powers attached to the office could be reconsidered and modified where necessary. “But the office itself should be continued,” he said.
K. N. Choksy, PC, Member of Parliament, former Minister of Finance and former Minister of Constitutional and State Affairs says a Vote of Account up to the end of the present Parliament is democratic and fair because it is inappropriate to present a Budget and bind, possibly, a new government for the greater part of the next year.
Mr. Choksy says that the Executive Presidency should continue perhaps with powers attached to it reconsidered and modified where necessary.
The Vote on Account, which the government presented instead of a fully fledged budget for the next four month period, was passed in Parliament yesterday, by 125 votes to 78.
In addition to the government benches, JHU member the Ven. Uduwe Dhammaloka Thera, who now sits in the Opposition as an independent member, voted for it.
The UNP, JVP, TNA and SLMC voted against it.