Sri Lanka parliament has no legitimacy: should be dissolved immediately: Eran
COLOMBO (EconomyNext) – Sri Lanka’s Parliament, where opposition factions undermined a constitutional change preventing the public sector from being fully de-politicized has no legitimacy and should be dissolved immediately, a top ruling party official has said.
"Factions of the UPFA (United National Freedom Alliance) diluted the Constitutional Council to include a majority of MPs on the Council, completely nullifying the intention of setting up an independent Constitutional Council in the first place," Eran Wickramaratne, Treasurer of the ruling United National Party and Deputy Investment Minister said in a statement.
"This Parliament has outlived its mandate by disrupting the President’s program which was recently endorsed by the people.
"Parliament must be dissolved immediately."
The present Parliament reflects the status of the electorate several years ago, he said.
"President Mahinda Rajapaksa in his wisdom knew the changing wishes of the people and decided to test it at an election," Wickremaratne said.
"The people gave the decision on January 08.
"This Parliament has outlived its mandate by disrupting the President’s program which was recently endorsed by the people. Parliament must be dissolved immediately."
"The political, social and economic consequences of a Parliament that has outlived its mandate are grave.
"The political uncertainly will have dire economic consequences. The only way out is for the people to be given the chance to decide on the alternative proposals put forward by the political parties and on suitable candidates to carry out that program.
"There is now a necessity for an immediate dissolution of Parliament."