Feb 14, 2018

Premiership to one who commands majority respect, confidence

The UPFA and the SLFP have asked president Maithripala Sirisena to form a new government under a prime minister who can command respect and trust of a majority of the MPs.

The written request by UPFA general secretary Mahinda Amaraweera and SLFP national organizer Susil Premajayantha was referred to the president this afternoon, said SLFP media committee secretary Thilanga Sumathipala.

A group of SLFP MPs are trying to obtain support of the joint opposition and small parties for senior leader of the party Nimal Siripala de Silva.

The UNP has already informed the president that a parliamentary majority has the confidence in incumbent Ranil Wickremesinghe.

President to make statement

Premajayantha told the media after SLFP ministers had a meeting with the president that Mr. Sirisena would make a statement on Friday with regard to the future plans of the government.

In the meantime, UNP MPs continued their discussions with Wickremesinghe at Temple Trees today.

Both meetings took place after the cabinet met for the first time after the local government election.

Ministers Daya Gamage, Wijith Wijayamuni Soyza, Sajith Premadasa and Navin Dissanayake said the country’s future came under discussion at the minister’s meeting.