National Govt. will be formed before March: Kiriella

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The UNF government will form a National Government before the end of February with the help of nine SLFP members who have pledged their support to the UNF, House Leader Lakshman Kiriella said yesterday.

He said the motion to form the National Government would be presented at the next session of Parliament that would start on February 20.

“We have no doubt that we can pass the motion with ease with the support of the nine SLFP members who have already pledged their support. I expect to move the motion in Parliament on February 20,” the minister said.

He dismissed the claim that the UNF was attempting to form a National Government with the single SLMC member State Minister of Social Empowerment, Seyed Ali Sahir Moulana.

“We have more than enough numbers to pass the motion for the National Government in Parliament with a minimum of nine members crossing over to our side from the SLFP, with the assurance of several members from other parties that they would also join the UNF government after the National Government was formed, most probably in the last week of this month,” the minister said.

He said the National Government would be formed with the approval of Parliament.

"The then president Mahinda Rajapaksa had a 63-member Cabinet arbitrarily increased the number of ministers without the approval of Parliament. When we attempt to do it in a democratic way, the joint opposition cries foul. We are doing it under the provisions of the 19rh Amendment, which permits the political party with the most number of seats in Parliament to join other parties to form a National Government," the minister said.

He invited all political parties and parliamentarians who desired to contribute to the accelerated development drive of the National Government to join and added that he was not going to reveal the names and political parties expected to join the National Government because the ‘Black Media’ assisted by the JO would disrupt the move (Sandun A. Jayasekera)

  Comments - 10

  • sudath Saturday, 09 February 2019 02:32 PM

    Crying for national government always? Is that to develop the country or yourself?

    ara Saturday, 09 February 2019 05:45 PM

    national government is the collaboration of the two main parties, in most countries when there is no clear majority governments r formed with the help of small parties, there r major burning issues in the country where as UNP is only concerned abt the political future of RW

    concern Saturday, 09 February 2019 07:52 PM

    Will go to any extent to increase the cabinet for their own gains. How pathetic !!.

    Til Saturday, 09 February 2019 10:37 PM

    You criticized about jumbo cabinet of MR government and promised to reduced to 30 ministers, if you increase it above it ,then you are going against your promise to public, so we won't vote you next time

    K Ravi Sunday, 10 February 2019 01:53 AM


    Gama Sunday, 10 February 2019 04:48 AM

    How nuch have they got from the UNP to join the NationalGovt.

    elmi Sunday, 10 February 2019 07:20 AM

    So many more important things to be done but these parasites are hell bent on swallowing this country whole

    Unchikun Sunday, 10 February 2019 09:27 AM

    Sir, you and your leader are a national disaster, not sure of a national government to line more pockets. At time it is nice to have a Gamarala above the two of you.

    FoxTrot Sunday, 10 February 2019 11:15 AM

    Sri Lanka in a small underdeveloped country, As such a cabinet of less than 10 will be fine. Highways, Energy, Power and Transport should be under one ministry like in the 60s. Fellows like you are a curse to this beautiful island.

    Jayanath Monday, 11 February 2019 08:52 AM

    Kiriellage tikiri mole.What an unfortunate nation we are. We elect some stupid old farts to parliment and keep complaining that country is not forwarding till next election. Then we do it again!

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