Political party proposals to participants today – President

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President Ranil Wickremesinghe said the proposals presented by each political party during the various rounds of talks held regarding the formation of an All-Party Government will be distributed to all political parties that participated in these discussions by today (8).

He said this at the discussions held with leaders of the 11 independent parties in Parliament and the 43 Brigade regarding the formation of an All-Party Government.The discussions were held at the President’s Office.

President Ranil Wickremesinghe pointed out that only the JVP, National People’s Power, and a few other Tamil political parties are yet to hold discussions and he commended everyone’s enthusiasm for All-Party governance by setting aside political ideologies to fulfil people’s aspirations.

Leader of the 43 Brigade, Champika Ranawaka said the 43 Brigade is working optimistically with the President’s position regarding bringing back the 19th Amendment to the Constitution.He also said there is a strong need to do away with the political party system and appoint professionals as Heads of State Institutions.

MP Ranawaka further said a country cannot be developed by political reforms alone, and added that the contribution of professionals should be a key factor. He also said in education reforms, syllabuses should be formulated by looking at the future world.

MP Vasudeva Nanayakkara opined that by preparing a common programme to build the country, we can move forward step by step. MP Udaya Gammanpila pointed out that the identity of all political parties should be protected in the discussions that are being held regarding the formation of an All-Party Government, and further said taking forward the discussion with a foundation document will help to realise the expectations of the All-Party Government.

MP Mohomad Muzammil said his team discussed a common programme for an All-Party Government with former President Gotabaya Rajapaksa as well. He also said a consensus is needed although political party policies cannot be agreed upon.

Prime Minister Dinesh Gunawardena, MP Professor Tissa Vitharana, Asanga Navaratne, Premnath C. Dolawatte, Karunarathna Paranawithana, Secretary to the President Saman Ekanayake, and President’s Additional Secretary Attorney-at-Law Chaminda Kularatne were present at the discussion.