ECONOMYNEXT – Sri Lanka’s main opposition the Samagi Jana Balavegaya (SJB) will hold talks with President Ranil Wickremesinghe Friday August 05 afternoon, SJB MP Ashok Abeysinghe said.
“We’re taking part in this discussion as the main opposition, and the people of this country must know that as the main opposition we’re extending some support to eliminate the ongoing crisis,” the MP said at a press conference Friday morning.
“The government must present a programme for an all-party government. We need to know what that programme is.
“The main opposition must definitely be included in an all-party government. An election must be held after an interim period, perhaps six months or a year,” he said.
Abeysinghe added that no corrupt politicians must hold a cabinet position in the all-party government thus formed.
Presdient Wickremesinghe in his inaugural address to parliament on Wednesday August 03 repeated an invitation to all parties represented in parliament to form an all/multi-party government to see Sri Lanka through.
During the president’s speech, endorsing his remarks, SJB MP Dr Harsha de Silva called for a united, multi-party government to “work towards creating this new Sri Lanka.
Sri Lanka opposition MP endorses president’s views on reform, calls for consensus
On Tuesday August 02, SJB parliamentarian S M Marikkar said that the party will support an economic recovery programme that will see Sri Lanka put on the right path, but it has no desire to take up positions in the cabinet. The party does not wish to burden the public with a 40-minister strong cabinet, he claimed.
That same day, Opposition and SJB Leader Sajith Premadasa writing to the President said the party accepts his invitation to discuss the proposed restoration of the 19th amendment to the constitution and parliamentary oversight committees. (Colombo/Aug05/2022)