Some MPs trying to scuttle All-Party Govt – Sirisena

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Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) Chairman Maithripala Sirisena says some parliamentarians are working to prevent an All-Party Government from being formed.

He claimed that some people appear to be attempting to thwart that attempt, adding that it cannot be said with certainty that all discussions with political parties in Parliament, regarding the formation of an All-Party Government have been completed.

Sirisena also claimed that talks are taking place with other political parties.

He noted the Sri Lanka Freedom Party has presented proposals, for the formation of an all-party government, on numerous occasions and that representatives from all political parties should be called to discuss the proposals and determine whether they can be implemented or not.

“While many members of parliament have stated that they support the proposal to form an all-party government, others have stated that they will not. In that case, it has a better chance of reverting to a traditional government. Since the spread of Covid-19 began, the SLFP has advocated for the formation of an all-party government to address the resulting economic crises,” he said.

He went on to say that for about a year, the SLFP’s slogan has been ‘form an all-party government, and that the party has fulfilled its responsibilities.

“Although the responsibility for carrying it out has been assigned to the government, there are some obstacles on that side. If the government has a genuine desire to form an all-party government, it can do so within a month after receiving Cabinet and Parliament approval by appointing a committee and obtaining the necessary instructions from the Attorney General,” he said.

Further, he noted that political stability is critical if we are to receive international assistance in recovering from the current economic crisis and the best way to demonstrate that stability to the world is to form an all-party government.

By Thameenah Razeek