Parties discuss feasibility of holding general election

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Discussions are underway among political parties to approve a resolution in Parliament with two-thirds majority calling for its dissolution in case the Supreme Court holds that the dissolution violated the Constitution.

The government which took office on October 26 is considering the possibility of relinquishing office in the event the Supreme Court rules that the dissolution of Parliament by President Maithripala Sirisena is invalid.

Negotiations are underway among several political parties to submit a resolution in Parliament calling for a general election.

President Maithripala Sirisena and Speaker Karu Jayasuriya are known to held talks both formally and informally on how best to end the present stalemate. Some UPFA MPs have requested the President to declare a referendum to seek public opinion on holding a general election. (Kelum Bandara)

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  • Kumara Dharmarathne Wednesday, 12 December 2018 08:14 AM

    Now we realize how dumb our MPs are. Why do you want to go for a referendum to seek public opinion on holding a General Election,very well they can get this opinion in parliament by asking for 2/3 votes in parliament, you don't have to spend a massive public money like spending for a referendum. See how idiotic our MPs are.

    Nish Wednesday, 12 December 2018 08:58 AM

    No one is saying to spend the money. Referendum is required only if politicians do not agree. What's the hope of getting that agreement from this greedy, corrupt, unprincipled lot? Referendum should be the last throw of the dice

    Ransiri Wednesday, 12 December 2018 09:19 AM

    Exactly. We can't imagine what a set of idiots who propose a referendum and then an election.

    Nish Wednesday, 12 December 2018 08:22 AM

    Finally, everyone seems to be coming to their senses. Yes, irrespective of the Court's decision, there must be a general election and that's the only way to put this saga to bed.If some political parties do not support holding an election (two third majority), the President should call for a referendum of people. Everyone already knows what the result of a referendum will be.

    Sri Lankan Wednesday, 12 December 2018 08:42 AM

    Waste of money holding General Slections without Presidential elections as the President can dismiss the parliament ANYTIME !!!

    Lion Wednesday, 12 December 2018 08:41 AM

    Referendum and election with who's money? If it is a general election why all these drama? This is what MR asking too? Are you all with good sense?

    Samson Wednesday, 12 December 2018 08:44 AM

    Please call a presidential and general election under a legal govt.

    Soam Wednesday, 12 December 2018 08:53 AM

    What a dump idea calling for a referendum. Parliamentarian can make this decision for the people as they were elected to do. Unnecessary spending must be curtailed as Sri Lanka cannot afford. The whole Srisena saga must have cost the country dearly.

    Unchikun Wednesday, 12 December 2018 08:55 AM

    I am not a UNP supporter. However the way MR was appointed as PM was a disgrace. Now Sira is against the wall. Sira has to be charged for violation of the constitution. This is a very serous offense and only some my in insane.

    mo Wednesday, 12 December 2018 09:03 AM

    Why waste our money on a unnecessary Referendum when the idiots only have to speak to each other and agree for a General Election / Presidential Election because the major parties are willing for it.

    Ranjit Wednesday, 12 December 2018 09:12 AM

    Easier to get blood out of a stone than dragging UNP for an election

    Sangaralingham Wednesday, 12 December 2018 09:45 AM

    Opinions differ. All token gestures. Many will abstain but what majority says is fine. No need for refrundum. Wasting public time money in fact make citizens f--ls

    Chari Wednesday, 12 December 2018 09:49 AM

    This is exactly what everyone wants. The President's call was a General Election. Who was behind this confusion. The big question......

    Somapala Wednesday, 12 December 2018 02:53 PM

    President is the one who created this mess.he will dissolve parliament if UNP wins. What is needed is to advance presidential election due in the last quarter of 2019. The general election could follow that immediately.


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