Basil Rajapaksa, the National Organizer of the SLPP says that despite the crisis, the repeal of the 19th Amendment to the Constitution is problematic. Mr. Rajapaksa points out that if the 19th Amendment is repealed, the 19th Amendment will come into force again and accordingly the term of office of the President will be extended again to 06 years.
Mr. Basil Rajapaksa points out that the current President Gotabhaya Rajapaksa, who was elected by the people for five years, has no intention of extending his term.
Mr. Basil Rajapaksa stated this in an interview with a private TV channel.
Mr. Rajapaksa says that the removal of the 19th Amendment is also an obstacle as there is a general opposition to certain issues, including the unlimited term of office of a President included in the 18th Amendment.
Mr. Rajapaksa also said that it was not appropriate to amend or plaster the current constitution and that the best solution was to completely change the current constitution and pass a new one. He also points out that the best opportunity has been given for that.
Mr. Rajapaksa said that the adoption of a new constitution was a long-term process that could not be carried out suddenly, adding that the repeal of the 19th Amendment was necessary to bring in a new constitution.