SLPP rejects call for Speaker Karu Jayasuriya headed caretaker govt
Posted on June 11th, 2019

by Shamindra Ferdinando Courtesy The Island


Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP) Chairman Prof. G.L. Peiris, yesterday, said that a proposal for appointing a caretaker government headed by Speaker Karu Jayasuriya was not acceptable under any circumstances.

Prof. Peiris said that the call for President Maithripala Sirisena and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe to resign to pave the way for a caretaker administration headed by Jayasuriya to undertake far reaching constitutional reforms, including the abolition of the executive presidency should be rejected.

Prof. Peiris said so addressing the media at the SLPP office at Nelum Mawatha Battaramulla.

The former External Affairs Minister was responding to a recent statement issued by Friday Forum.

Prof. Peiris said that against the backdrop of the latest battle between President Maithripala Sirisena and the UNP leading to the cancellation of yesterday’s Cabinet meeting marked a total breakdown of the administration. The SLPP Chairman said that President Sirisena’s decision not to chair Cabinet meetings would pose a daunting challenge to those struggling to cope up with the mega crisis caused by Easter Sunday attacks.

Prof. Peiris said that Parliament had to be dissolved in accordance with the 19th Amendment to pave the way for an early general election.

Prof. Peiris said that Speaker Jayasuriya had worked overtime both in and out of parliament to further the UNP’s interests.

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