We have the majority in Parliament – UPFA

We have the majority in Parliament – UPFA

We have the majority in Parliament – UPFA

Written by Ramesh Irugalbandara

27 Oct, 2018 | 2:11 pm

2:58pm – An earthquake happened when we won the local government election in February, the first aftershock was the no-confidence motion and now this is the second aftershock – MP Wimal Weerawansa

2:56pm – We will give Ranil Wickremesinghe time till 8am tomorrow to leave temple trees in a dignified manner – MP Wimal Weerawansa

2:53pm – Ranil Wickremesinghe told Mahinda Rajapaksa that he will leave temple trees by 8am today. If necessary we can give him a helicopter to go to where ever he wants – MP Wimal Weerawansa

2:48pm – We state with certainty that Mahinda Rajapaksa took this decision after securing a majority – UNP MP Ananda Aluthgamage

2:45pm – When a no-confidence motion was brought in against Ranil Wickremesinghe, 21 members of the UNP were ready to vote against him. It was the President who  asked us to give him another chance – UNP MP Ananda Aluthgamage

2:33pm – There are a number of steps that need to be taken including the appointment of a new cabinet, the appointment of new ministry secretaries and assigning seating in Parliament. That is why the 16th of November was chosen to reconvene Parliament – Prof G.L. Peiris

2:31pm – A number of MPs from other parties informed PM Mahinda Rajapaksa today that they stand ready to support him – Prof G.L. Peiris

2:29pm – Mahinda Amaraweera’s letter stating that the UPFA is withdrawing signalled the end of the cabinet because there are restrictions imposed on the number of members of the cabinet in a non-coalition government – Prof G.L. Peiris

2:25pm – President Maithripala Sirisena has not violated the constitution or any parliamentary norms through his actions yesterday – Prof G.L. Peiris

2:23pm – We have to rebuild our nation, that is the mission of the President and then we will hold a general election – Dinesh Gunawardene

2:20pm – The PM is Mahinda Rajapaksa, therefore Ranil Wickremesinghe has no right to call on the Speaker to convene parliament – Dinesh Gunawardene

2:18pm – We need to clearly state that the UNP leader can no longer hold the position of Prime Minister. He does not have a majority in Parliament. On behalf of Mahinda Rajapaksa, we can clearly state that we have the majority in Parliament. There have been a number of MPs who have joined us through the night – Dinesh Gunawardene

2:15pm – After the UPFA withdrew from the Government, President Maithripala Sirisena had to appoint a new Government and a Prime Minister – MP Dinesh Gunawardene

2:10pm – A large number of UPFA seniors have gathered to address their first media briefing after Mahinda Rajapaksa was sworn in as the Prime Minister.

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