LAHORE (APP) - Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani Saturday said the governments policy of reconciliation had helped repeal the authoritarian 17th Amendment, adding that the 18th Amendment made the Parliament sovereign and restored the powers of the prime minister. A sitting president, for the first time in the history of Pakistan, willingly surrendered his powers to the prime minister and the Parliament, Gilani said while speaking at National School of Public Policys certificate awarding ceremony in the metropolis. He said the amendment also promoted genuine federalism and provincial autonomy, and paved the way for good governance in the country, adding that the 19th Amendment went a step further and improved the procedure for the appointment of judges in superior courts. The prime minister said economy was being revived and it had already made a moderate recovery in 2010, helped by supportive monetary and fiscal policies. As opposed to a meagre 1.2 per cent in 2009, GDP growth rose to 4.1 per cent in 2010. Key indicators of the economy are promising except for some structural weaknesses like the fiscal balance, which is being addressed, he said adding that it was important not to abandon the current path of reforms. The prime minister said during last three years, the government had focussed on preserving and promoting democracy where an inclusive, plural, and participatory model of governance could take roots for the greater good of the people. A prosperous Pakistan, where the rights of the people are secured and protected and where women and minorities are encouraged to make a constructive contribution to national development, can only be built with democracy, he added. Gilani said the government had made a conscious effort for pursuing policies that helped people, strengthened institutions and contribute to the growth and development of democracy in the country. The people of Pakistan have now learned a lesson from our own history that democracy is not easy but democracy is good. Democracies are noisy; reflect power tussles, indeed at times brinkmanship. But it is only through democracy that we can work together and make progress. the prime minister said. He said the government challenges like terrorism, religious extremism, deposed judiciary, aberrations in the constitution, economic crisis, unprecedented floods, energy shortages and insurgency in Fata and Balochistan. But the government responded to these challenges with political will, determination, and, following the legacy of Shaheed Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto, with a policy of national reconciliation, he added. He said coalition governments were formed in the centre and the provinces, through a process of mutual adjustment and fostering harmony. At times, he said, this caused difficulties, leading to stresses and strains within the coalition partners, with some of our own party stalwarts insisting that we do it ourselves, the government remained committed to the policy of national reconciliation for the common good of the country. He said Pakistan had witnessed a volatile cycle of economic growth, low and high, but never consistently high and sustainable. More importantly, he said, one of the major sectors responsible for this had been the frequent political interruptions and lack of consistency and continuity of policies in the past.