President assures equal power, representation

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President Ranil Wickremesinghe has said chairpersons of the parliamentary committees will be given equal power and representation and will be required to attend Cabinet discussions when necessary, the President’s Media Division said.

He said this when he met leaders of several Opposition Parties for a discussion on the formation of an All-Party Government on Wednesday (10).  During the meeting, Wickremesinghe said his aim is to prepare a governance structure with fair representation of each party in Parliament.

The All Ceylon Makkal Congress (ACMC) led by Rishad Bathiudeen, the independent group led by MP Anura Priyadharshana Yapa, Sri Lanka Muslim Congress (SLMC) led by MP Rauff Hakeem, Tamil People’s National Alliance led by MP C.V. Wigneswaran, and Tamil Progressive Alliance (TPA) led by MP Mano Ganesan participated in the discussion with the President.

The President revealed that measures are underway to appoint the necessary parliamentary Sectoral Oversight Committees, while he had pointed out the need to appoint several Parliament interim committees.

Stating that his key objective was to establish a National Assembly, the President said that the representation of all parties and full representation of other parties and groups in the alliances are necessary.

Wickremesinghe requested the party leaders to discuss with their relevant parties if they would join an All-Party Government or a committee-based system and thereafter inform their decision on the matter.