ECONOMYNEXT – The ruling Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP) extended an open invitation to all parties that represent Sri Lanka’s parliament to form a national government, while the main opposition Samagi Jana Balavegaya (SJB) said it does not wish to burden the public with a 40-minister strong cabinet.
SLPP MP Jagath Kumara told reporters on Tuesday August 02 that he believes President Ranil Wickremesinghe will form an all-party government with broad consensus.
“Rather than wait for their leader to become president, we invite all parties to unite under one plan to save the country and create an environment for our dear people to live in,” said Kumara.
President Wickremesinghe has written to all members of parliament inviting them to join an all-party government to see Sri Lanka through its worst economic crisis since Independence.
The main opposition SJB on Tuesday expressed its scepticisim about the initiative.
SJB parliamentarian S M Marikkar told reporters that the party will support an economic recovery programme that will see Sri Lanka put on the right path, but it does not wish to take up positions in the cabinet.
“As a party, we must support an initiative that seeks to put the economy on the right track through a parliamentary committee system. But that does not in any way mean joining an all-party government and enjoying the benefits of a cabinet position. We do not endorse that,” said Marikkar.
“If the plan is to appoint 40 cabinet ministers and 40 deputy ministers and also appoint relevant ministry officials along with all the benefits that go with it under the guise of an all-party government, the people of this country cannot bear that burden,” he said. (Colombo/Aug02/2022)