In an unprecedented move, the UNP and the JVP yesterday pledged in Parliament to provide a two-thirds majority required to abolish the executive presidency instead of holding a presidential election.
The UNP, the architect of the 1978 Constitution which created the Executive presidency, said that it would campaign towards this end.
Chief Opposition Whip Joseph Michael Perera, who seconded a motion by JVP MP Vijitha Herath calling for the abolition of the Executive presidency, said that executive powers were being abused.
The former Speaker said that they would help President Mahinda Rajapaksa to honour a pledge to abolish executive presidency.
He proposed the creation of post of Executive Prime Minister who would be answerable to Parliament. He said that the ruling coalition, the UNP and the JVP could vote for the abolition of executive presidency.