ECONOMYNEXT – The government will not reconvene Parliament to deal with the COVID19 crisis, a government minister said Saturday.
Co-Cabinet Spokesman Media Minister Bandula Gunewardena told reporters, “Only the President has the power to reconvene Parliament if he thinks there is a need to do so.”
“At present, he is not of the opinion that Parliament should be recalled,” he added.
On Friday the former Leader of the opposition Sajith Premadasa proposed that Parliament be recalled to deal with the crisis.
“We are willing to meet with the president to talk to him about this matter,” Premadasa said.
He is currently leading an alliance opposing the President’s party in the elections scheduled for April 25.
Parliament was dissolved by President Gotabaya Rajapaksa on the first day the Constitution allows him to do so at the beginning of March.
Without Parliament, in session, the government is hamstrung to take action as some emergency measures that can be taken in a crisis need House approval.
Convention, is that the President can recall the House “in times of national calamity,” a senior Parliamentary source told EconomyNext.