Give PM, Govt six months – Amaraweera

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Co-Cabinet Spokesman Mahinda Amaraweera urged Opposition parties to give the Prime Minister and the Government six months to bring the country out of the economic crisis, rather than continuing to blame the Government’s policies.

He said, the present administration was an all-party Government and fulfilled the demand for one. Invitations were open to all parties to join the Government, he said.

Addressing the Cabinet media briefing on 5 July, he said at the time he was  selected, the Premier had already invited other parties to join the Government.

He said, rather than focusing on who will come into power next, all people’s representatives must concentrate on the burden of overcoming the economic crisis.

“At this point, Opposition parties must support the Government rather than compete for power.

We need a country before we can engage in politics. Give this Prime Minister and his administration six months,” he said.

In addition, he highlighted that there were more than ten hour-long power outages prior to Wickremesinghe’s appointment.

“There is a need for everyone to join without destroying it or trying to exploit it,” he said.

Amaraweera was responding to a question on a call for an interim government comprising all parties represented in Parliament made by the Buddhist clergy and others.

BY Thameenah Razeek