All-party interim Govt, elections needed – SLFP


The SLFP emphasised that after properly analysing the current situation, the country should be restored with an all-party interim political structure and secondly, the people should be given the opportunity to appoint the next government through an election.

Chairman of the SLFP, former President Maithripala Sirisena, said the Prime Minister and Government have no political or moral right to remain in power according to the popular opposition that has arisen today. He also said that it is clear that a very dangerous situation is likely to arise in the country if the people’s opposition is not understood.

The SLFP says that the President and Prime Minister must resign immediately and the Speaker should appoint and Acting President until a President is elected.

“To install the proposed all-party interim government, a National Executive Council or Leadership Council should be established, consisting of the leaders of all the political parties represented in Parliament,” it said.

It is also proposed that the President and Prime Minister should be appointed with the agreement of the National Executive Council or Leadership Council and active civil activists, academics and professionals.

The SLFP stated that a Cabinet should be appointed with a limited number of scopes to achieve essential and targeted objectives to bring the country back to its pre-crisis status.

Furthermore, a National Advisory Council composed of academics, professionals, civil activists and opinion leaders should be established under respective ministries in the crisis management cabinet.

“To manage the crisis, an integrated management programme aimed at economy, food security, essential services, social welfare and social security program, and socio-political reform/decentralisation approaches should be implemented as soon as possible.

“Moreover, the 19th Constitutional Amendment should be re-adopted with the necessary optimal amendment without delay.

“As soon as the country is restored to its pre-crisis status, a parliamentary election should be held and the people should be given the democratic right to elect a new government.

“In order to build the Sri Lankan nation, and to build the legal and constitutional base necessary to make Sri Lanka a developed country, to implement socio-political reforms, and to make the necessary structural transformations, the drafting of a new Constitution should be the leading task of the new government,” the SLFP said.

By Sahan Tennekoon