Aug 05, Colombo: President Ranil Wickremesinghe today held discussions with the main opposition party, Samagi Jana Balawegaya (SJB) on forming an all-party government.
Leader of the Opposition Sajith Premadasa, including Parliamentarians Ranjith Madduma Bandara, Rajitha Senaratne, Kabir Hashim, Nalin Bandara Jayamaha, Field Marshal Sarath Fonseka, Mano Ganesan, Rauff Hakeem, Harsha De Silva and several others were present at the talks at the Presidential Secretariat.
Formally inviting the SJB to join an all-party government, President Ranil Wickramasinghe said if they do not agree to name the proposed government as an all-party government, then he will propose that it be named as an “all-party governance”.
“We have invited all parties to join an all-party government. We are negotiating with political parties for that,” the President said.
Leader of the Opposition Sajith Premadasa said they would like to suggest that the 19th amendment of the Constitution be carried forward as it is.
“As the Prime Minister of the country, you gave leadership to bring the 19th Amendment. It is a very good step. Therefore, we request that it be carried forward further. Also, the number of constitutional councils appointed under the 19th amendment has been increased by the 20th amendment.”
The Opposition Leader said the SJB came to this discussion today with a positive mindset. At this time, as a country, we must join this discussion. We wished to see how best we could all work together through Parliament,” he said.
Taking to Twitter after the meeting, SJB leader said he held far reaching discussions with the President together with his team.
“Agreed to work through an empowered system of parliamentary committees. Positive about joining forces for the sake of the country. Shall do so without ministerial positions, perks and privileges,” Premadasa tweeted.
MP Dr. Harsha de Silva taking to Twitter said the 90-minute discussion with the President was positive and all agreed to explore how to help Sri Lanka out of crisis.
The SJB also requested to lift the state of emergency be lifted and release the Aragalaya prisoners and to stop intimidation and arbitrary arrests of demonstrators.