National Government continues: PM, UPFA General Secretary

Feb 21, 2018 (LBO) – Prime Minister told Parliament Wednesday that the national government will continue according to the constitution of the country.

Premier Ranil Wickremesinghe said that the agreement on the national government is still valid as per the law and there is no need to amend it.

Wickremesinghe said he is working according to the 46 (4) of the constitution which deals with the national government and there is no specific time period to a national government in terms of that section.

“I don’t think there are set of circumstances in which we have to come and meet you yet. So that doesn’t right. If so we come and meet you,” Wickremesinghe said addressing the Speaker.

“I don’t think there is any such circumstances, so in such a situation there is nothing for the house to determine.”

General Secretary of the UPFA, Mahinda Amaraweera also said that they are still part of the coalition government that formed the national government.

These statements were made in response to queries by opposition about the legality of the national government.

JVP Leader Anura Kumara, said the initial two year period of the national government ended in September last year, creating a vacuum of the legality of present cabinet.

Leader of the Joint Opposition in parliament, Dinesh Gunawardena requested the government to table the agreement of the national government signed by both parties.

Ajith P Perera, however, said it is not necessary to have a written agreement even though it is good to have a written agreement.