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President Maitripala Sirisena is not in favour of entertaining the no confidence motion against Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe and believes that the enactment of the 20th Amendment to the Constitution should take precedence over anything, Daily Mirror learns.

The President reportedly expressed his opinion in this regard at a meeting with the leaders of the political parties aligned with the United People's Freedom Alliance(UPFA).

The UFPA handed over the no confidence motion against the Prime Minister last Friday to Secretary General of Parliament Dammika Dasanayake with 112 signatures of MPs. If the motion is adopted, the Cabinet of Ministers stands dissolved. In such an eventuality, the President should pick up the MP commanding the majority support in Parliament as the next Prime Minister.

According to sources close to the President, he is not for taking up this motion as a parliamentary business. Instead, the President is keen on the enactment of the electoral reforms in the form of the 20th Amendment. For that, a special Cabinet meeting has been scheduled for this evening. The sole purpose is to discuss electoral reforms to revert back to the mix of the First Past the Post System and the Proportional Representation System.

According to the cabinet paper drafted in this respect, 165 MPs are to be elected from the single and multi- member constituencies. There are 59 MPs proposed to be nominated on the National List, and the rest to be elected under the District Proportional Representation System.

However, some parties, both within and outside the government, are against the increase of the number of MPs. The President has agreed to incorporate the proposals of such parties during the Committee Stage of the debate. If the cabinet paper is approved by the Cabinet, it will be announced in the gazette notification to be presented later as a Bill in Parliament.(Kelum Bandara)
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  • moda Monday, 08 June 2015 11:45 AM

    Sir,These Mondayas will never enter the Parliament. But you

    Nuwan Chandrasekara Monday, 08 June 2015 12:18 PM

    Yes. No one has ever betrayed country orethan him. So yes! Ranil is the best person to do the job!

    Boonda Monday, 08 June 2015 12:21 PM

    @Rajendra, dont you understand the fact the general public have the ultimate sovereignty than the MPs as they rejected MR and selected MS who declared via manifesto that RW would be appointed as PM.

    Lankarani Tuesday, 09 June 2015 06:34 AM

    Mr President, you are a unique person,. Every speech you deliver is meaningful and demonstrates your clear thinking. I am amazed how you save yourself from those political traps that are hovering around you all the time !

    moda Monday, 08 June 2015 12:25 PM

    Reduce the price of the rice bath pkt from Rs.180.00

    Mahen Monday, 08 June 2015 12:58 PM

    It will be interesting to discover whether the people of the country desire an increase in the number of MPs? Whether they think that Will be the answer to all their problems?

    Ananda Monday, 08 June 2015 01:08 PM

    Hon President, after you become the president of the country we have peace of mind, we know you will maintain law and order in the country.

    manil de mel Monday, 08 June 2015 01:09 PM

    Mr President - well done, you have a backbone and proving to be the best president we had. peoples mandate was very clear on the 8th of Jan and the old jokers are history. when you dissolve parliament they should never come back again. you should have a new team that is not corrupted. you are the president of our nation and not confined to one party. please pick suitably and qualified people who do not have a history of rape, thuggery, cheating public funds etc and make a nice new parliament after the next general elections. People are no more worried about the color, or the symbol but we need good and suitable people to lead this country who understand development and economic progress. In the last 15 years we had a total deterioration of our basic health, basic education, law and order as well as peoples economic stability. imagine this country could not even hold the year 5 scholarship exam without the paper being leaked out. and yet the so called former education minster a joke

    Hiran Monday, 08 June 2015 06:20 PM

    Dear Sir: Thank you for standing tall against unscrupulous low-lives!

    edwardw Tuesday, 09 June 2015 09:18 AM

    When we check on comments we found that 95% of comments were fabricated and made from Daily Mirror Office.

    Ddesmond Fernando Monday, 08 June 2015 06:26 PM

    Sirisena is prisoner of Ranil-Chandrika-Mangala......how can one expects him to oppose Ranil....?

    Siripala Monday, 08 June 2015 06:29 PM

    @Nuwan Ranil never betrayed the country, He signed the CFA cuz the economy and the military was too weak for war and if not the LTTE would have slaughtered our troops

    garawi Monday, 08 June 2015 06:29 PM

    Great decision! I was worried what now would happen. You have strength Mr. President. You have the brains to decide what best to do for the country. You are selfless! We need you! The only good president we ever had as somebody before me said. Yes, it is 20A that is important and then after the elections we will see if the people still want MR!The no confidence motion is only an attempt to get MR into power in order to save the skins of the corrupt politicians and the government servants!

    Chryshan Monday, 08 June 2015 09:29 AM

    President and PM work with their mission in mind and not just to glorify individuals. Once 20A is inacted most of the promises made under 100 day program is done. The country will be in correct path no matter who comes into power.

    Lakshman De Silva Tuesday, 09 June 2015 10:19 AM

    Of Course Maitri is against the No Confiudence motion as Ranil Wickramasingha brought Mairi as President and maitri in retun appointd Ranil wickramasingha as PM and Maitri is Ranils royal terrier now

    Thiru Monday, 08 June 2015 09:37 AM

    A person, who is with decent backround will have difficulties to survive in Srilanka

    Rajendra Monday, 08 June 2015 09:54 AM

    Mr. President Please act honestly and Please Make sure the Power of Prime Minister was given on the Majority of Parliament Not on your Private agreement between You and Ranil which is invalid as per the constitution

    MilkyWay Monday, 08 June 2015 09:55 AM

    Well said Sr! You are a man with gratitude. We have got that lesson from you since you took office.

    Bala Monday, 08 June 2015 10:02 AM

    And of course the CC and Independent Commissions so that there will be real justice and fairplay and appointments to highoffice on merit and not politcal bias

    Bala Monday, 08 June 2015 10:04 AM

    AAnd importantly the CC and Independent Commissions so that there will be justice and fairplay in high appointmentsand not politcal catchers like Cabraal and Mahendran

    Kujara Monday, 08 June 2015 03:51 PM

    Your days are numbered Mr: Parasident !!!

    Push Monday, 08 June 2015 04:09 PM

    Sir, this is a very sensible decision. Country needs many people like you at the helm.

    No need to worry Monday, 08 June 2015 10:23 AM

    WE have pure president and PM. Thats enough . So no need to worry for jokers and culprits

    Sincere Monday, 08 June 2015 10:27 AM

    Mr. President, Just ignore all these despicable activities of those who have been defeated by the people and work towards the betterment of the country.

    Ganesha Tuesday, 09 June 2015 04:06 AM

    When the dictator Mahindan had been sent home by the people ,his henchmen who were elected on proportional system also logically rejected by the people. On the contrary ,presidential candidate went before the people and told that Ranil would be Prime minister in the event of his election as President ,so what these idiots are barking for ?

    Sincere Monday, 08 June 2015 11:07 AM

    Can a rogue be a Prime Minister?

    citizen a Monday, 08 June 2015 11:09 AM

    Sir.First think of your safety.we need a leader like you to lead this nation.

    Mason Monday, 08 June 2015 11:30 AM

    Whatever may be his faults, in the present parliament there is no one better suited to be PM than Ranil Wickremasinghe. No one can deny this fact.


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