Sri Lanka PM says SLFP MPs to hold talks over ministerial posts with President after polls


Aug 12, 2015 (LBO) – The United National Party led government may have to offer ministerial portfolios to SLFP Parliamentarians who support them to form a new government, Prime Minister Ranil Wickramasinghe said.

In an exclusive interview with a local TV station Wickramasinghe revealed the current situation.

“Even now, some candidates keep telling that they will take ministerial positions after talking to us through the President. It seems like a rift between SLFP and UPFA.”

Wickramasinghe also noted that they are forming a government based on conventionalism even if they are confident of getting the majority.

“This is a decision we took before January 08. We’ll form a government with ‘Lichchavi’ principles.”

According to Mahaparinibbana Sutta of Lord Buddha, Lichchavis followed seven guidelines known as Sapta Aparihaniya Dharma to rule their kingdom about 2,700 years ago.

The main feature of this was the regular meeting of the rulers for consultation and arriving at a consensus.

“We hope to start the committee system in the next Parliament. The whole Parliament will turn into a government to make collective decisions as per Lichchavis,” Wickramasinghe said.

“We need to have a fundamental policy accepted by all in the Parliament in order to attract foreign investors.” he said.

Though it is not widely practiced, even now it is possible to turn the whole Parliament into a committee to represent everyone in the entire legislative process.

Sri Lankan Parliament also has a separate committee system based on its mother Parliament, the House of Commons in the United Kingdom.

In all the Parliaments and in US Congress, the formation of separate committees for detailed preliminary discussion of all important matters, specially of legislative projects, has been an established practice.