Aug 06, Colombo: President Ranil Wickramasinghe says the proposals presented by each party during the discussions with the political parties for an all-party government will be given to all the participating parties by next Monday (08).
Mr. Wickramasinghe mentioned this during the discussions held yesterday (05) afternoon at the Presidential Secretariat with the leaders of the 11 independent parties in the Parliament and the 43rd Division on the establishment of an all-party government.
The President pointed out that only the JVP, the National People’s Power and a few other Tamil political parties are left to negotiate in the future and praised everyone’s enthusiasm for all-party governance by putting aside political ideologies for the sake of people’s aspirations.
The leader of the 43rd Division, MP Champika Ranawaka said the 43rd Division is working optimistically with the President’s stance regarding bringing back the 19th Amendment to the Constitution and there is a strong need to forget the political party system and appoint professionals to head government institutions.
MP Champika Ranawaka said a country cannot be built by political reforms alone and the contribution of people with professional skills should be made a major factor.
He also said that in education reforms, syllabuses should be set looking at the future world.
Member of Parliament Vasudeva Nanayakkara mentioned that country can move forward step by step by preparing a common program.
Member of Parliament Udaya Gammanpila pointed out that the identity of all political parties should be protected in the all-party governance discussion. He added that by proceeding with the negotiations with a foundation document, the expectations of the all-party government can be helped to succeed.
Member of Parliament Mohammad Muzammil said that his group discussed a common program for an all-party government with former President Gotabaya Rajapaksa and that although political party policies cannot be agreed upon, a common consensus is needed.
Prime Minister Dinesh Gunawardena, Members of Parliament Professor Tissa Vitharana, Asanga Navaratne, Premnath C. Dolawatte, Karu Paranavithana, Secretary to the President Saman Ekanayake, President’s Additional Secretary Attorney Chaminda Kularatne were present in this discussion.