EXCLUSIVE: What will happen if SLFP quits govt.?
Former president Maithripala Sirisena made a statement in parliament today (25) that posed quite a challenge to the two-thirds majority of the incumbent government.
Responding to a comparison by minister Mahindananda Aluthgamage of his presidency votes with those of incumbent Gotabaya Rajapaksa, Sirisena stressed the 14 SLFP MPs wielded the government’s 2/3 majority.
He urged government members to think more wisely before creating clashes with his party.
The vote on the second reading of budget 2022 was passed with a 93-vote majority with the support of the SLFP members.
Without their support, the votes in its favour would have been 139, less than the minimum 150 needed for a 2/3 majority.
Therefore, without the SLFP, the government could muster a simple majority only.
Speaking to our sister website mawbima.lk, senior lecturer in politics at the University of Sri Jayewardenepura Dr. Visaka Suriyabandara said the government’s authority would come into question if the SLFP quit the government.
That would impact many government plans, including the one to bring in a new constitution, she noted.
Dr. Suriyabandara said the government would be largely impacted with the loss of backing by a major party, and that it would have repercussions on the state mechanism as well, thereby leading to a legitimacy issue of the government.