10 Jun '11, 3am

President is not a separate political centre | I wanna be President too. Big pay packet to do nothing.

President is not a separate political centre | I wanna be President too. Big pay packet to do nothing.

What he said about president's role 'AS MINISTER for Law in the 1980s (and 1990s), I was very much involved in the drafting of the two White Papers and the constitutional amendments which brought about the elected president. In fact, I'm thinking of writing one of my next books about the making of the elected presidency. So with that background, having been so closely involved, I must say I'm a bit surprised and disappointed over some of the statements and claims made by some of the would-be candidates about what they intend to do if they get elected. Some of their statements seem to imply that the president is a centre of power unto himself, distinct from the government of the day, and implies that he has certain executive powers. That is not the case. The president does have some discretionary, custodial powers in a few areas, mainly the protection of reserves, on key ap...

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