UNP insists that opposition withdraws no confidence motions ahead of 20A


June 24, 2015 (LBO) – Sri Lanka’s ruling United National Party on Tuesday urged the opposition to withdraw no confidence motions brought against Prime Minister and Finance Minister.

“We are insisting them to withdraw no confidence motions before presenting the 20th amendment in Parliament,” UNP General Secretary Kabir Hashim told Parliament.

Referring to election reforms, Hashim reiterated the need to limit number of seats in the Parliament to 225 and said the new system should be simple to understand.

“It should be a mix of two systems and there should be a Parliamentarian responsible for each electorate,”

The United National Party also stressed the need to limit the election spending of candidates by bringing in new regulations.

“Our intention is to pass the election reform proposals under a new UNP led government whilst giving it the national priority.” Hashim said.

“We are converting the next Parliament into a constitutional council to prepare a new constitution that solves other complex issues in the country.”

The current Parliament is to be dissolved soon, sources said.