MS to meet SLFP MPs

Published : 7:58 am  June 16, 2015 | No comments so far |  | 


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By  Kelum Bandara
President Mathripala Sirisena has summoned all Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) parliamentarians, provincial councillors and electoral organisers for a special meeting to discuss the current political situation, party sources said yesterday.

The Cabinet had approved the 20th AmendDM_20150616_A001-10ment to the Constitution and if enacted would have in place a new electoral system — with 145 MPs elected on the first-past-the-post system, 55 from the district proportional representation system and 37 on the national list.

The President is expected to discuss these electoral reforms with the members amid the government’s main constituent United National Party (UNP) and sections of SLFP calling for the dissolution of parliament and a general election held. Meanwhile, a section of the SLFP is demanding the adoption of the no-confidence motion against Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe though the President had reportedly informed the Cabinet that he was keen to have 20A prior to the motion.

The President had also addressed public meetings ahead of a possible general election and at one of the meetings in the Kurunegala district on Sunday, he is reported to have said he had no written   pact with the UNP.

“Whatever understanding I had with the UNP was for the execution of the 100-day programme only . Beyond that I have no commitment to the UNP,” he said.