SLFP to shun Ranil-led Cabinet

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The SLFP Central Committee decided against holding any portfolio in a Government under the premiership of Ranil Wickremesinghe, SLFP Chairman Maithripala Sirisena said.

He added the decision was taken following lengthy discussions following the invitation made by President Gotabaya Rajapaksa and Wickremesinghe for SLFP to take up portfolios in the Government including the Cabinet.

Sirisena, detailing reasons for the decision, observed that the SLFP had proposed the establishment of an all-party government for the past three months and although several rounds of discussions were also held with Rajapaksa in this regard, the appointment of Wickremesinghe will result in the failure to form an all-party government.

He added the proposal was for the Prime Minister and the Cabinet of Ministers, under the all-party Government, to be appointed by a National Council represented by MPs of all parties.

Sirisena noted however that support will be extended for all measures taken to overcome the issues faced by the public including the shortage of essentials and the increasing cost of living.

Meanwhile, SLFP MP Nimal Siripala de Silva observed that while SLFP will remain in the Opposition and that they would also extend support for the introduction of the 21st Amendment to the Constitution.

By Faadhila Thassim