Swearing-in of new Cabinet delayed till sep. 4 ?

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By Sandun A Jayasekera
SLFP acting General Secretary Duminda Dissanayaka yesterday said the swearing-in of the new Cabinet is not likely to take place on September 2, as scheduled earlier.It is learnt that the swearing in will take place on September 4 instead after a parliamentary debate on September 3. On Wednesday, UNP General Secretary Malik  Samarawickreme said the new Cabinet of the National Government would be sworn in on September 02 as the two parties – the UNP and SLFP reached an agreement to form the national government.

The main business of the 15th Parliament at the inaugural session on September 1 would be to approve the modalities to form a National Government and elect a Speaker and the Leader of the Opposition, SLFP General Secretary Duminda Dissanayaka said yesterday. 


" Many of the obstacles that remained in the way to form a UNP-led national government with the SLFP as the main partner have been overcome  and about 70 of the 95 UPFA members elect have pledged their support to the National Government "


Addressing the first media briefing of the party after the general elections, Anuradhapura District Parliamentarian elect, Mr, Dissanayaka said the party expected to hold the SLFP’s 64th anniversary on grand style in Polonnaruwa on September 2nd with the participation of President Maithripala Sirisena.  Responding to a journalist, about a move to appoint Kalutara District Parliamentarian elect, former Minister Kumara Welgama as the opposition leader, he said the SLFP had not taken a decision on the matter and no one had been proposed for the post either from the UPFA or the SLFP and added it was up to the members who wish to remain as opposition members in Parliament.    

“Many of the obstacles that remained in the way to form a UNP-led national government with the SLFP as the main partner have been overcome  and about 70 of the 95 UPFA members elect have pledged their support to the National Government,” he said. Though there were many ideas supporting and opposing the formation of a National Government, there were rumours floating about the formation of a National Government since January 8 after President Sirisena’s election victory with an accelerated economic development and political and ethnic reconciliation being the main objectives. The concept of forming a National Government reached its peak after the August 17 general election as none of the two main parties received an absolute mandate for a stable government, Mr.  Dissanayaka added.


‘Priority of new Parliament is to approve National Govt.’


“President Sirisena is keen to form a UNP-led National Government with the SLFP being the main partner. That is why he took steps to sign an MoU between the two parties,” he stressed.  

He expressed his satisfaction that for more than 20 years since 1994, an SLFP leader had ruled the country as the Executive President and it was a major victory and honour for the party.