Dec 01, Colombo: Sri Lanka President Maithripala Sirisena, acknowledging that the Prime Minister appointed by him does not have a majority in parliament, has said that he will take a final decision on the 5th December to resolve the crisis.
President Sirisena has told the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) MPs that a final decision on the appointment of a Prime Minister will be made following an electronic vote on a resolution presented in parliament on the 5 December.
The Tamil National Alliance (TNA) Vanni district parliamentarian S. Sivamohan revealed the President's assurance addressing media personnel outside the Presidential Secretariat after discussions with the President on Friday (30).
The President met with the Tamil National Alliance parliamentarians prior to the meeting with the United National Front leaders.
While the vote on the recent no-confidence motions was taken by voice, the MP said they agreed to take the vote electronically on the resolution to be taken up on the 5th December.
"President told us to submit another No Confidence motion on the 5th, he said he will accept it," MP Sivamohan said.
Expressing his views with the BBC Sinhala service, Tamil National Alliance MP MA Sumanthiran said that it was not a new no-confidence motion.
"A proposal has already been tabled before the President to take action regarding the no-confidence motion that has been passed. It will be debated on the 5th," he said.
The Tamil National Alliance parliamentarian Charles Nirmalanathan told the media that President Sirisena said that the person who holds the majority in parliament will be given the Prime Minister post and admitted that Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa appointed by him has no majority power.
However, President Maithripala Sirisena repeatedly insisted that Ranil Wickremesinghe would not be re-appointed to the post of Prime Minister again, and nothing was mentioned during the discussion on Friday (November 30) on who will be appointed to the post of Prime Minister on December 5th, MP S. Sivamohan said.
The TNA on Thursday, in a written submission to the President with 14 signatures of party's MPs, informed that it would support the restoration of the government headed by the United National Front, as it existed prior to 26th October.
The party pointed out to the President that the MP Mahinda Rajapaksa appointed as Prime Minister on the 26th of October has not been able to prove that he commands the confidence of Parliament though one month has lapsed since his appointment and the Parliament has met several times during this period.