Nov 18, Colombo: The ruling United National Party (UNP)'s parliamentary group at its meeting today with the party leader, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, has agreed on a proposal to dissolve Parliament, party sources said.
Following the victory of the opposition candidate, Gotabhaya Rajapaksa at the 2019 presidential elections, all members of parliament of Sri Lanka's ruling party met with its leader Ranil Wickremesinghe this afternoon at the parliamentary complex to decide on the next step for the government.
Speaking to the media after the meeting, Minister Vajira Abeywardena said the party will respect the people's mandate.
"We, as a party, respect the opinion of the people. Respecting the people's mandate, according to the 19th Amendment, the government should extend its fullest cooperation to convene Parliament and hold a parliamentary election immediately. The people will have the opportunity to elect a parliament by respecting the people's mandate."
Speaking to media State Minister Ranjan Ramanayake said during today's discussion, the Prime Minister has said that a decision will be reached after discussions with the Opposition Leader Mahinda Rajapaksa and the President Gotabhaya Rajapaksa. "We would like to go to for a general election," he added.
According to the Constitution, Sri Lanka's parliament can be dissolved after four and half years of its five-year term, which will end on August 2020. Accordingly parliament can be dissolved in February 2020. However, to dissolve before that a two-third majority of parliament is needed.
According to the Constitution, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe can stay in his position until the term of the Parliament ends, regardless of the election of a new president.