Ranil discusses formation of All-Party Govt


President Ranil Wickremesinghe met the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) and MPs Prof. G.L. Peiris and Dullas Alahapperuma yesterday (4) in connection with forming an All-Party Government.

The President told the MPs that the 22nd Amendment Bill has been presented to Parliament and it would be better if everyone would reach common ground with regard to that through discussions. Wickremesinghe said he expects everyone’s support for the discussions.

He also said that the Interim Budget will be presented to Parliament in the first week of September and steps will be taken to re-establish Sectoral Oversight Committees as an immediate measure. He said he is ready to call the Chairpersons of those committees to the Cabinet meetings as well.

SLFP Chairman former President Maithripala Sirisena said his party will fully support the formation of an All-Party Government. SLFP General Secretary Dayasiri Jayasekara said the All-Party Government should be formed within a framework that would be accepted by all.

SLFP National Organiser Duminda Dissanayake said this was a golden opportunity for the country to correct past mistakes and move forward as a nation.

The SLFP presented its 11 proposals to the President with regard to the All-Party Government.

MPS Ranjith Siyambalapitiya, Lasantha Alagiyawanna, Jagath Pushpakumara and Angajan Ramanathan also participated in the discussion.

Prof. Peiris noted that there are positive hopes about an All-Party Government.  Alahapperuma said everyone should prepare for discussions with regard to the matter.

MPs Dilan Perera, Dr. Nalaka Godahewa and Dr. Charitha Herath participated in the discussion, along with Prime Minister Dinesh Gunawardena, Advisor to the President on Parliamentary Affairs Ashu Marasinghe, Secretary to the President Saman Ekanayake and Additional Secretary to the President Attorney-at-Law Chaminda Kularatne.