Sri Lanka PM-elect calls all parties to join new administration

ECONOMYNEXT – Sri Lankan Prime Minister-elect Ranil Wickremesinghe said he will continue a mandate for good governance given in Monday’s parliamentary polls and called all parties to work together for 2-3 years.

“The parliamentary elections of August 17 confirms the January 8 revolution,” he told a news conference, referring to the presidential poll which ousted strongman Mahinda Rajapaksa. “We can’t turn back.”

Wickremesinghe said he will build a consensus on the new government’s national policy.

“I have got a mandate to put before parliament our plan so that we could arrive at a consensus and build a national framework within which we will do our policy.

“This new approach requires all parties to work together, either in the government holding ministerial positions or in parliament through the oversight committees.

“We will also be having district development co-ordination boards headed by the MP to carry out the decentralised development and the bodies which will have civil society without politicians, the ‘grama rajya’ committees which will cluster the villages as well as the advisory councils which will consist of civil society.” (Colombo/August 19 2015)

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