SLFP agrees to join National Govt.

20 August 2015 06:41 am - 18     - {{hitsCtrl.values.hits}}


The SLFP Central Committee today decided to form a national government with the UNP for two years with either party failing to secure an overall majority to form a government at this election.

The UNP, the party with the single highest number of seats, got 106 seats in the new parliament, falling short of seven more slots for the simple majority. The SLFP-led UPFA received 96 seats.

The SLFP Central Committee even appointed a six-member committee headed by former President Chandrika Kumaratunga to work out the modalities for the formation of this government with the UNP. It comprises former Ministers S.B. Dissanayake, Dr. Sarath Amunugama, Mahinda Samarasinghe, Susil Premajayantha and Nimal Siripala de Silva.

However, a section of the SLFP’s new parliamentary group is opposed to the formation of a national government. President Maithripala Sirisena met the newly elected SLFP members yesterday to discuss the national government concept.

The President said the party should take people oriented decisions regarding national issues and only then it would propel the country to new heights.

At the meeting, a committee headed by Ratnapura district MP elect John Seneviratne was appointed to hold talks with the other members of the group, and submit a report on their ideas regarding the national government. The committee comprises Mr. Susil Premajayantha, Anura Priyadarshana Yapa, Keheliya Rambukwella and Kumara Welgama.

In the meantime, another set of senior members held the view that the SLFP should get the Cabinet portfolios of Finance, Law and Order, Trade, Education and Highways in such a government. They opined at the meeting the party should not compromise for less influential ministerial posts as in the 100-day government. (Kelum Bandara)

  Comments - 18

  • srilankan Thursday, 20 August 2015 01:35 PM

    If MS really interested in good governess, he has to keep away those rejected politicians and CBK out of the seen.

    Amila Thursday, 20 August 2015 12:13 PM

    Yahapalanaya continues as this national gvt will have more than 30 ministers and the JVP to do the roll of opposition as they planned. So bring the national policy based plan to the parliament and obtain the approval first.

    Amila Thursday, 20 August 2015 12:14 PM

    Appoint the Constitutional council and other councils asap.

    Amila Thursday, 20 August 2015 12:15 PM

    JVP is going to monitor the GVT.

    Amila Thursday, 20 August 2015 12:16 PM

    The position of Mr. MR in this gvt?

    max Thursday, 20 August 2015 12:18 PM

    What a sorry state of affair of a once powerful political party. Thanks My3.

    Amila Thursday, 20 August 2015 12:18 PM

    Would people have a national gvt, if UPFA won the election?

    srivan Saturday, 22 August 2015 10:40 PM

    As usual sounds a messy arrangement! Anything is possible in SL!

    de silva Thursday, 20 August 2015 12:20 PM

    Horu nethi jathika aanduwak hadanna

    oppo Thursday, 20 August 2015 03:04 PM

    Kumara Dissanayake for opposition leader.!

    Waco Thursday, 20 August 2015 03:30 PM

    Please leave Chandrika alone.

    Waco Thursday, 20 August 2015 03:34 PM

    Very correct.

    rew Friday, 21 August 2015 03:09 PM

    They missed the bus by their negative campaign,and reluctance to join with the progressive forces

    Waco Thursday, 20 August 2015 03:51 PM

    If you cannot stop Chandrika. Please vacate the seat for a strong President.

    Gayan Thursday, 20 August 2015 04:23 PM

    Very correct also Ravi K, Rishard B and Arjuna Mahendran and Co

    MSR Thursday, 20 August 2015 01:18 PM

    Anyone but Chandrika, pleaseeeee!!!

    dulan Thursday, 20 August 2015 04:51 PM

    National govt is a good concept but not if this means more crooks who got in from SLFP get Ministries and there crimes go unpunished .No one with any charges should be in the cabinet

    jolly bird Thursday, 20 August 2015 04:57 PM


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