Not yet reached final decision on key parliamentary positions: SLFP

Not yet reached final decision on key parliamentary positions: SLFP

Not yet reached final decision on key parliamentary positions: SLFP

Written by Tharushan Fernando

28 Aug, 2015 | 9:25 pm

The SLFP says that it has not yet reached a final decision on the posts of speaker, opposition leader and the other key parliamentary positions.

Acting General Secretary of the Sri Lanka Freedom Party Duminda Dissanayake noted that such decisions will be reached after parliament convenes on Tuesday.

The inaugural session of the eighth Parliament of Sri Lanka will commence at 09:30 a.m. on Tuesday September 1, and preparations are currently underway at the parliamentary complex for the inaugural session of Parliament.

According to the results of the 2015 parliamentary elections, the United National Party won 106 parliamentary seats inclusive of the national basis seats while the United People’s Freedom Alliance won 95 seats also inclusive of the national basis seats. The JVP secured six parliamentary seats while the Illangai Tamil Arasu Katchchi or ITAK won sixteen seats in Parliament.

The Sri Lanka Muslim Congress and the EPDA won one parliamentary seat each.

Deputy General Secretary of Parliament, Neil Iddawela noted that firstly, the General Secretary of Parliament will read out the statement from the President and later a new speaker will be selected for parliament. Seats for the MPs will be decided on the seniority of the MPs and that the former president is also a Member of Parliament, therefore when he enters parliament this time around, he will be assigned a seat based on his seniority. The post of the leader of the opposition will be given to the party with the majority of seats in the Oppositions and from then, Parliament will be adjourned temporarily until 3 in the afternoon. And again at 3 p.m. parliament will convene ceremonially under the auspices of the president and the President will announce the policy of the new government on that day

The SLFP says that it has not yet reached a final decision on the posts of speaker, opposition leader and the other key parliamentary positions.

News1st inquired as to having three Ministers now, D.M. Swaminathan as the Minister of Resettlement, Mangala Samaraweera as the Minister of Foreign Affairs and the Wijedasa Rajapakshe as the Minister of Justice. So how many more ministers in this national government and how many deputy ministers?

The Minister of Justice,Wijedasa Rajapakshe  replied that an exact answer cannot be given but tentatively it can be about 45 ministers -may be an equal number of deputy minister.

The Minister of Justice added that it will be a large government. When questioned if this so, in order to to fulfill the aspirations of those in the cabinet? he replied stating – No. We basically promised for a national government. For a temporary arrangement at least for a period of two years and then if we resolve these things after that we will be able to go for a smaller cabinet and added that the cabinet will be sworn in tentatively on the 2nd

When questioned regarding the SLFP General Secretary stating that they will not have the swearing of the cabinet ministers because they have the anniversary of the party; the Minister of Justice stated that the party leaders can decide on it and the parties had agreed on the 2nd “and that I think they knew that the party anniversary had fallen on the same day.”

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