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Sri Lanka COVID19: MR calls party leaders meeting at Temple Trees tomorrow

Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa addressing officials at the Finance Ministry/Handout photo

ECONOMYNEXT – Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa has called a party leaders’meeting at Temple Trees tomorrow morning to discuss the COVID19 pandemic, as the number of virus-infected patients rose to 91 officials said.

The meeting is being called as the first Sri Lankan to contract the disease after a full recovery was discharged from hospital.

Wijayananda Herath, the Prime Minister’s Media Secretary told EconomyNext Monday that the leaders and Secretaries-General of all the parties in the recently dissolved Parliament would be invited.

“The former Speaker Karu Jayasuriya and Leader of the Opposition, Sajith Premadasa, will be among the invitees,” Herath said. The meeting will be in the morning, he said.

Leaders of the United National Party, the Tamil National Alliance, the Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna, the Sri Lanka Freedom Party, the Sri Lanka Muslim Congress, Ceylon Workers Congress and smaller parties will be represented.

This would bring together leaders of both factions of the UNP, Ranil Wickremesinghe and Premadasa.

Premadasa who now leads the opposition Samagi Jana Balavegaya, has been calling for an all-party meeting and a reconvening of the recently dissolved Parliament to find a solution to the COVID19 pandemic which is posing a huge issue for the country.

The graph tracking new patients has risen sharply in recent days, but the country is in virtual lockdown to prevent further infections.

 

 

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