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* Opposition leader praises President’s policy statement, ready to support through committee system
Wed, Aug 3, 2022, 07:39 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Aug 03, Colombo: Leader of the Opposition Sajith Premadasa, praising the President Ranil Wickremesinghe’s government policy statement delivered today (03) after the ceremonial opening of the new session of parliament as positive and meaningful, said its contents should be put into practice without any alteration.

Addressing journalists after the Parliamentary session, Leader of the Opposition Sajith Premadasa, stated that he expects the President’s speech today to not be limited to words and that as an Opposition, he and his party are ready to help rebuilding Sri Lanka through an All-Party-Government and Parliamentary Committees.

Opposition Leader further mentioned that neither him nor Samagi Jana Balawegaya (SJB) as a party will tolerate political games at a time when the country is in turmoil.

He noticed that the most positive aspect of the speech was the call for provisions on implementation of the All Party joint program through contribution of Party Leaders as well as a People’s Assembly formed through a governance of community participation and the activation of Oversight Committees.

The Leader of the Opposition is of the personal view is that those Parliamentary Oversight Committees should have more powers than the powers currently vested towards the existing Parliamentary Committees.

He further stated that, since the 3 parts of the main framework of an upcoming all-party program are mentioned here, any opportunistic attempt on the part of anybody to enter an all-party governance looking for positions and ministerial privileges by loading further burdens on the shoulders of the general public will not result in a true all-party government and that he is happy that such a move is not gestured in the President’s speech.

He added that this entire process will be more optimal if the National Assembly, Party Leaders’ Assembly and the Sectoral Oversight Committees are further strengthened and empowered.

The Leader of the Opposition further said that he has no problem with the policies and that the policies should be implemented properly and in doing so he would like to give his support only through Sectoral Oversight Committees in Parliament.

 

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