Dissolve Parliament forthwith: SLPP

26 November 2019 07:09 am - 10     - {{hitsCtrl.values.hits}}

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The Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP) said yesterday Parliament should be dissolved immediately by calling for a snap general election.

SLPP Chairman Professor G.L. Peiris said a new Parliament should be elected to reflect the mandate of people and to ensure the smooth functioning between the executive and legislature.

“The incumbent Parliament does not reflect the people’s mandate today. When we look at the results of the presidential election, we see a clear mandate given to President Gotabaya Rajapaksa with an overwhelming majority. Had this been a general election, we would have secured more than 120 seats in Parliament,” he told a news briefing held yesterday.

He said President Gotabaya Rajapaksa has said Parliament would be dissolved at the earliest opportunity available next year.

“Constitutionally, the President can dissolve Parliament on March 1 next year when its term completes four and a half years. However, Parliament can be dissolved with a two-thirds majority before March. Therefore, it is the duty of MPs to respect the people’s mandate given at the presidential election and go for general elections,” he said.

Prof. Peiris said if the President dissolved Parliament on March 1, it would take at least five to seven weeks to hold general elections.

“This is a time-consuming process. That’s why MPs should dissolve Parliament before March with a two-thirds majority. A government with a majority that reflects the people’s opinion should be elected to efficiently deliver pledges made during the presidential election. However, the Gotabaya-Mahinda combination will not stay idle solely because we don’t have a majority in Parliament. They will do their best to deliver the pledges in the meantime. They will ensure that main pledges including the ones made to revive the defence sector and national economy are materialised. However, it is the responsibility of MPs to make way for Parliament dissolution respecting the people’s opinion,” he said.

On a different note, he said the President’s maiden visit to India on Friday would focus on bringing in investments.

“We don’t have enough investments today due to the instability that prevailed during the recent past. The President’s visit to India will strengthen bilateral relations and focus on bringing in investments which will not be limited to one community,” he said. (Lahiru Pothmulla)

  Comments - 10

  • Jude Tuesday, 26 November 2019 08:56 AM

    Well, NEXT General elections will make TNA or any other Tamil party the official opposition!!! Yeah, after SLPP landslide victory, the minority party will ELECT NEXT highest MP'S !!! Dejavu !!! History repeats!!! Remember 1977!!!

    Bossa Tuesday, 26 November 2019 08:56 AM

    No point in telling us, why don't you tell your boss to do it!!!!

    Munsir Tuesday, 26 November 2019 09:01 AM

    He want to become a MP to get a ministry early as possible

    Samantha Tuesday, 26 November 2019 09:15 AM

    Why are you in hurry? You got what you want. There is no objection. But when people will understand all lies and nature of the newly elected people they will decide your fate in future elections. You know that know.

    Era Tuesday, 26 November 2019 09:31 AM

    Ranil said the same, may be he is a member of your party.

    Roger Haĺliday Tuesday, 26 November 2019 10:28 AM

    Mokada haddisiya. Janathawa janadhilahi ta chandhe dunna. Iwasanna.....

    Dharma Tuesday, 26 November 2019 10:38 AM

    Very genuine and democratic call by Prof.Why the so called civil societies are silent? Mandate of the people has to be honored.Let the new president start the journey of his choice.

    S.Sangaralingham Tuesday, 26 November 2019 10:47 AM

    Appears rational better done at appropriate time to assess political dynamics of the nation by the citizens at large

    Citizen Tuesday, 26 November 2019 11:58 AM

    The so called Professor doesn't seem to know the law.He wants to do what Maithri did in 2018.

    Pantha Kumaran Tuesday, 26 November 2019 02:30 PM

    This man only agenda is to get into Parliament at the earliest and nothing else. Today we have a SLPP government and why cannot they go on and do the work. UNP is in a mess and there is no proper opposition. GLP should follow the footstep of the President. President is working hard to reduce cost and this man is doing the opposit way.


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