Go presidential

This refers to the letter ‘Strange paradox’ (February 27). Instead of a ‘benign’ dictator, we should have a directly elected president (as in France and the US). A directly elected president would not be dependent on assembly members and would not be a ‘rubber stamp’ president like the one we have now. He would have the power to reject any advice of the prime minister, if in his opinion such advice was against the national interest. 

The prime minister would, therefore, not be able to consider the entire country as his fiefdom and would tread with caution and would certainly attend the National Assembly frequently rather than rarely (as is the case at present).

Shakir Lakhani
Printed in The News, March 01, 2014