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From left: Dr. Fernando Im, Senior Country Economist for Sri Lanka and the Maldives, The World Bank, Hon. Eran Wickramaratne, State Minister, Ministry of Finance and Mass Media, Dr. W A Wijewardana, Former Deputy Governor of the Central Bank of Sri Lanka, Prof. Indralal de Silva, Former (Chair) of Demography, University of Colombo, Prof. Amala de Silva, Department of Economics, University of Colombo at the panel discussion on "Demographic Change in Sri Lanka" moderated by Dr. Ramani Gunatilaka, International Centre for Ethnic Studies.

As the Freedom Alliance prepared to form a government, outgoing Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe warned that a government without an absolute majority in parliament is likely to be unstable.
ldblquote From the information we have the president is planning to swear in a Prime Minister from the Alliance. And that this will be a minority government and it will not have the majority in parliament,
dblquote Wickremesinghe told the media.rn

rnldblquote It will be an unstable government and there will be a question mark as to the continuance of this government. As to how long such a government will continue.

rnThe former premier also confirmed that his party is in talks with the other minority parties including the Illankai Tamil Arasu Kachchi (also known as the TNA) and the Buddhist monks led Jathika Hela Urumaya to create a solution with the broadest possible support in Parliament for the opposition.rn

rnldblquote We are in discussions with other parties in parliament together there is