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Dissolve Parliament immediately: UNP to Maithri


29 May 2015 11:31 am - 35     - {{hitsCtrl.values.hits}}


The United National Party (UNP) the main constituent of the Yahapalanaya Government today strongly urged President Maithripala Sirisena to dissolve Parliament immediately and go for a general election.

UNP General Secretary Kabir Hashim told a media briefing that holding a general election is a must in line with the mandate given by the people at the January 8 presidential election.

“We cannot hold office any longer as our time is up,” Mr. Hashim said recalling that a mandate was given by the people to the present regime only to rule the country for 100 days. He said the present government had ruled for an extra 50 days despite the people's mandate.

“We strongly urge the president to dissolve Parliament,” he said and highlighted the fact that this Parliament does not have a real mandate because it was the parliament of the former president.

Responding to a question asked by the journalists as to what the UNP intends doing to get the House dissolved, Mr. Hashim said the first step would be to inform the people of the current political situation in the country.

House Leader Lakshman Kiriella said the 20th Amendment was delaying the dissolution of Parliament said it was impossible to enact this piece of legislation because the parties had failed to reach a consensus.

“UNP too wants a change in the electoral system but it is not possible to implement it now,” he said.

Mr. Kiriella is a member of the cabinet sub committee appointed to work out the electoral reforms. (Yohan Perera)

  Comments - 35

  • Prem Nath Saturday, 30 May 2015 12:35 PM

    When there were elected members in parliament with a majority,minority government was formed on the insistance of R.W.who is only an appointed PM.Disolve this parliament and bring back that was already there in majority,until parliamentary elections.

    Ab Saturday, 30 May 2015 06:39 AM

    People expect the passing of 20th amendment before dissolution of parliament via DM Android App

    Sharon Saturday, 30 May 2015 08:06 AM

    They dont have money to pay salaries beyond June. . . . . via DM Android App

    Euclid Saturday, 30 May 2015 08:21 AM

    Oh! Looks like Ranil and his gang has got cold feet over the "No Confidence Motion", Time to show Ranil the door after the daylight robbery which he is try to coverup. Once again, one wrong deed does not cancel the other wrong deed.

    hikzz Saturday, 30 May 2015 08:58 AM

    these ppl also want to increase thr pwr rathr than implement 20. via DM Android App

    packeer Saturday, 30 May 2015 09:32 AM

    Dissolve the parliament immediately to sweep away the liars and trouble makers from parliament.

    kan Saturday, 30 May 2015 10:07 AM

    Finish the cases of bribery and corruption and jail these culprits before you leave.

    Nims Saturday, 30 May 2015 11:08 AM

    Why is suddenly such a big hullabaloo

    Mason Saturday, 30 May 2015 11:55 AM

    Mr. President, the constituent party that was mainly responsible to have you elected is requesting that you keep up to your promises to the people. As correctly said the mandate was for 100 days, to be followed by a General Election.Let us go for it.

    Naga Saturday, 30 May 2015 05:02 AM

    If they cannot hold office any longer Prime Minister Ranil and his cabinet should resign immediately. That is the best way to force dissolution of parliament.

    king cancer.s pressure behind Saturday, 30 May 2015 01:26 PM

    all these happening king cancer bringing more pressure on government side internally

    to Sharon Saturday, 30 May 2015 02:56 PM

    yes Sharon, correctly said. coz all money with MR family and goons. Now only over head loans is a burden for public.

    Mahinda Saturday, 30 May 2015 04:50 PM

    No Chance for a quick election , Lets pass the 20A and go for the new election system

    Rohan Sunday, 31 May 2015 06:09 AM

    its unethical to go for another election before you change the election system. People of this country brought this government to power on its promises. Do what you have promised via DM Android App

    Don Sunday, 31 May 2015 07:13 AM

    Ranil had nothing to do with it. Nor did the governor. Nor did Sarath Fonseka to his son-in-law. Committees approved those. So stop blabbing.

    Don Sunday, 31 May 2015 07:19 AM

    Going for an election the bribery and FCID cases will have to restart from the beginning. Good chance for those files to disappear. Another way to stop them would be to bring in the no confidence to embarrass the President. My vote is for an election and restart these cases. People will never vote for the thieves.

    mountain Sunday, 31 May 2015 09:52 AM

    We are getting delay to earn. via DM Android App

    vimukthi Monday, 01 June 2015 08:19 AM

    UNP is day dreaming. MS would dissolve the parliament on correct time. Be patient Kabir.

    de silva Friday, 29 May 2015 08:43 PM

    Dissolve parliament.You will later realize that it was a mistake.Don.t think that UNP will win as long as RW is leading your party.If you really want to win then give the leadership to SP .

    Sirimal Friday, 29 May 2015 07:53 PM

    It seems the UNP is in sync with what the people wants, If they continue this they will get over 60% majority

    Damien Friday, 29 May 2015 07:58 PM

    UNP wants to go for an election before the gullible public realizes how inefficient, incapable and corrupt the UNP is

    Era Friday, 29 May 2015 08:01 PM

    Please scrap the manape ie preferential voting system, while keeping the proportional representative system plus an additional bonus of 20 seats to the largest party. Do not disappoint us who voted MS in. UNP pull ur socks and get going on this please.

    Perumal Friday, 29 May 2015 08:11 PM

    Yes, we want the Parliament dissolved immediately and fresh elections so that we can send all the rogues either home or to the prison.

    mohamed Friday, 29 May 2015 08:13 PM

    mr kabeer dont think only party benifit country first ok Maithri think country first not party.thats why we like him If maithri ask people to vote for his request no dought the people of Sri Lanka will do that mind it

    senakak Friday, 29 May 2015 08:24 PM

    All yahapalana promises were broken therefore what the heck, wait for few more days until people get seriously sick of unp and it will be gone for good with the help of motion which is going to be held either on 8th or 9th june.

    Sinhaya Friday, 29 May 2015 08:37 PM

    Nothing to do with any mandate. This is purely because they are s scared of the no confidence motion. via DM Android App

    Abraham Friday, 29 May 2015 08:33 PM

    They, the SLFP are betraying the mandate given people. Yes, the Parliament should be dissolved immediately!

    Udugampola Friday, 29 May 2015 07:51 PM

    Then, How you robbed our money ? How you give jobs as election bribe happening all the places ?

    garawi Friday, 29 May 2015 09:39 PM

    Why are you in a hurry! The pledge Sirisena gave was to get rid of the preferential system.There was no such thing as it has to be done in 100 days! 100 days was the time within which it was expected to done! It is more important to implement the new rules before the election than sticking to a 100 day limit !

    Nanda Friday, 29 May 2015 10:28 PM

    How come they hoodwink the masses. People need 20th amendment to be made and implement it before next parliament election.

    Hiran Gunawardema Friday, 29 May 2015 11:42 PM

    Look like PM trying to avoid no confidence motion . via DM Android App

    Rohan Saturday, 30 May 2015 01:42 AM

    Parliament has a mandate to continue till April 2016.Mandate on Jan 8 was to appoint a new President. Stop chanting lie after lie and get on with finishing jobs in hand. People are sick of you.

    Lanka Watch Saturday, 30 May 2015 02:11 AM

    A reasonable request as Ranil has no mandate to hold onas PM after 100 days of minority government and delaying the election is against all democratic practices.

    Waco Saturday, 30 May 2015 03:40 AM

    Ranil wants to continue for ever. He knows he will never be elected again if Parliment is dissolved.

    Cheers Saturday, 30 May 2015 04:58 AM

    Your days are numbered including your party

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