Nov 29, Colombo: Sri Lanka's main Tamil party, Tamil National Alliance (TNA) has informed President Maithripala Sirisena that the party will support the restoration of a government headed by the United National Front (UNF), of which the United National Party (UNP) is the main constituent.
In a letter signed by 14 parliamentarians of ITAK, the single largest party in TNA informed the President that the UNF nominee for Prime Minister will now have the support of 117 MPs.
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.
Furthermore, no-confidence motions against the MP as Prime Minister have been passed in Parliament on 14th and 16th November and confirmed by 122 Members of Parliament.
The TNA lawmakers said the view of the majority of MPs on the issue of whether MP Rajapaksa commands the Confidence of Parliament to be the Prime Minister has been negative and has been demonstrated beyond doubt.
The Tamil party said this situation should not continue.
In the circumstances to ensure that a Member of Parliament is able to command the confidence of Parliament as Prime Minister, the MPs of Illankai Thamil Arasu Kadchi (ITAK) said they will support the restoration of a Government headed by the UNF as it existed prior to 26th October.
The Appointment of a nominee of the UNF who in the opinion of the President is able to command the confidence of Parliament as Prime Minister, the Tamil National Alliance said.
The letter was signed by the Leader of TNA, MP R Sampanthan, MPs Mavai Senathirajah, M A Sumanthiran, D Sidhathan, S Shritharan, E Saravanapavan, Selvam Adaikalanathan, I Charles Nirmalanathan, Shanthi Sriskandarasa, S Sivamohan, Seenithamby Yoheswaran, G Sirineshan, K Kodeeswaran and K Thurairatnesingam.