SLFP ministers want PM removed

Published : 9:16 am  February 14, 2018 | No comments so far |  |  (396) reads | 

Untitled-9By Sandun A. Jayasekera

The SLFP ministers have decided not to continue with the unity government made up of the United National Party (UNP) and the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) with Ranil Wickremesinghe as Prime Minister, co-cabinet spokesman and Minister, Dayasiri Jayasekara said yesterday. 

 

The SLFP ministers are unwilling to remain in the ‘yahapalana’ Cabinet with Mr. Wickremesinghe as the Prime Minister. We conveyed our decision to the President and he accepted our views

He said they informed President Maithripala Sirisena that if Speaker Karu Jayasuriya was appointed as the Premier, they would support the yahapalana government until 2020.   


“The SLFP ministers are unwilling to remain in the ‘yahapalana’ Cabinet with Mr. Wickremesinghe as the Prime Minister. We conveyed our decision to the President and he accepted our views on this matter,” the minister said.   


He said the President had informed Mr. Wickremesinghe on Monday about the decision taken by the SLFP ministers.    

 


Won’t join any Govt;  will cooperate on progressive matters

DM-1-10By Kelum Bandara 

Amid speculation of a new ruling coalition, the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) said yesterday it would not become part of any government, but would cooperate on progressive measures adopted by it as far as the issues of Tamil people were concerned.

Jaffna District TNA MP M.A. Sumanthiran told Daily Mirror the government formed in 2015, invited his party to join but the request was turned down.   


He said there were fundamental issues faced by the people who supported the TNA but as the main Opposition in Parliament, the TNA supported the national unity government on progressive measures.   
“There is no change in that policy. We will support whatever government if it takes steps to resolve the concerns of the Tamil people,” the MP said.   


When asked whether it should take progressive measures with regard to the political question, he said in such a scenario the TNA would extend its cooperation.  

 

There is no change in that policy. We will support whatever government if it takes steps to resolve the concerns of the Tamil people

 


UPFA/SLFP support vital to set up LG bodies 

Untitled-9By Sandun A. Jayasekera

UPFA General Secretary and Minister, Mahinda Amaraweera said neither the UPFA nor the SLFP had reached any agreement with either political party to form a joint administration, where none of the political parties had secured an absolute majority. He said the necessary guidelines and instructions to members of the two parties would be issued in due course on how to act in respect of this issue and added it would take another few days.   


The minister said the members of the UPFA and the SLFP elected to the local government bodies would be nominated following consultations with the SLFP and the UPFA constituents and district organizers, after the Elections Commission released the gazette notification containing the final results of the polls.   
He said it was obvious from the results that the support of either the UPFA or the SLFP was vital to establish administration in about 167 LG bodies where no party had won an absolute majority.  

 

The members of the UPFA and the SLFP elected to the local government bodies would be nominated following consultations with the SLFP and the UPFA constituents and district organizers