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PM speaks out against death penalty

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe/ pmoffice.gov.lk

Breaking his silence on President Maithripala Sirisena’s controversial decision to resume the death penalty, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe on Sunday (30 June) said he could not support ending the moratorium on capital punishment.

Wickremesinghe said that he plans on holding discussions with the President, Speaker Karu Jayasuriya as well as the Cabinet of Ministers in this regard.

The United National Party as the main constituent party of the ruling coalition, the Opposition parties led by Opposition Leader Mahinda Rajapaksa, the Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna as well as the Tamil National Alliance are all opposed to carrying out the death penalty, he said.

Wickremesinghe made these remarks at a ceremony held in Monaragala to mark the opening of the Mariarawa Rural Water Supply Scheme.