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* Sri Lankan President's all-party meeting ends with no solution for ending the crisis
Sun, Nov 18, 2018, 08:28 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Nov 18, Colombo: The all-party meeting called by the Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena on Sunday to end the political crisis has concluded with no solution in sight.

Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa and representatives of his party as well as the unconstitutionally ousted Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe joined by representatives of the United National Front (UNF) attended the meeting along with representatives of other political parties.

Following the meeting, the United National Party (UNP) parliamentarian Dr. Harsha de Silva said the meeting ended with no breakthrough as the President and his party insisted on continuing the minority government appointed by him last month even though the Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa has no majority in parliament.

"They want to drag impasse along giving lame excuses of procedure," the UNP MP said.

The President and his party have maintained that proper procedure was not followed for passing two no-confidence motions opposing Mahinda Rajapaksa, his choice for the prime minister post and his government and challenged the other side to show majority.

UNP parliamentarian Ajith P. Perera has said after the meeting that the President was informed that the United National Front will present an affidavit tomorrow showing a majority of more than 113 in parliament.

President Sirisena called the All Party Conference of all political parties represented in Parliament today with the intention to reach a consensus among all political parties to end the recent political unrest prevailed in the parliament and maintain the parliamentary affairs.

All political party leaders representing the Parliament were invited to participate in the meeting and Speaker of the Parliament Karu Jayasuriya has also been invited to this meeting.

However, the Speaker declined President's invitation saying that he will not attend since it's a discussion with political party representatives.

The Marxist party Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) also refused to attend saying that President is the one who plunged the country into the present political crisis and he alone is the one who can resolve it.

Party leaders of the majority party in parliament, United National Party (UNP) and United National Front, main Tamil party, Tamil National Alliance led by Opposition Leader R. Sampanthan, The Tamil Progressive Alliance, as well as President's party, United People's Freedom Alliance (UPFA) attended the meeting.

 

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