RW for Broad National Policy

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By Yohan Perera and Darshana Sanjeewa
A broad national policy for the betterment of the country will be put to Parliament after obtaining President Maithripala Sirisena’s approval by the United National Front for Good Governance (UNFGG) which emerged victorious at the general elections.


  • PM, Cabinet to be sworn in today
  • All parties will have to agree to the policy
  • Pledges to set up DCCs, Grama Rajayas

 Ranil Wickremesinghe, who would take oaths today as Prime minister of the UNFGG government told a media briefing at Temple Trees yesterday that a national policy that addressed main issues that the country faced, would be worked out with broad consensus of all parties.


All parties representing the new Parliament will have to agree to this national policy. They would be going against the people if they don’t,” Mr, Wickremesinghe said.


Mr. Wickremesinghe said he would immediately start discussions with the President and all other political parties on a national policy.
“All parties representing the new Parliament will have to agree to this national policy. They would be going against the people if they don’t,” Mr, Wickremesinghe said.

He invited all political parties represented in Parliament to be a party of the government.
This he said could be done in two ways, which includes taking up ministerial positions or through taking charge of over-seeing committees.


This he said could be done in two ways, which includes taking up ministerial positions or through taking charge of over-seeing committees.


Answering questions fired at him by the international media on the foreign policy including ties with India and China, he said all these would be included in the national policy that would be discussed and decided upon.
Also he pledged to set up District Coordinating Committees, which would be chaired by MPs and Grama Rajayas, which will comprise non-politicians.

Meanwhile, former Minister of Finance Ravi Karunanayake who briefed the journalists said the UNFGG would obtain a comfortable majority in Parliament shortly.
An optimistic Mr. Karunanayake said the party could even muster a two-thirds majority.

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