Chandima warns country will come to standstill


The country would come to a standstill if the President could not appoint a Prime Minister that he could work with, MP Chandima Weerakkody said yesterday.

"It is obvious that the President and the Prime Minister should be able to work with each other. If they can’t see eye to eye on anything, it will be impossible to get anything done. The two men will just keep on opposing each other," he pointed out.

"The President has reiterated over and over again that he won’t appoint UNP leader Ranil Wickremesinghe as Prime Minister. President Sirisena said that Wickremeinghe’s policies are bad for the country.

He has also said that he is also open to another candidate from the UNP. I think it makes a lot of sense for the UNP to also select someone that the President can work with. Once this is done, the crisis will solve on its own," he said.

During the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) conference in Colombo on Tuesday Sirisena reiterated that he would not appoint UNP leader Wickremesinghe as Prime Minister.

On Monday during discussions with the leaders of the United National Front (UNF) Sirisena told them that he would not appoint Wickremesinghe even if all 225 MPs signed a petition requesting his appointment as Prime Minister.

"Why did I say this? I have no personal issues with him and its not because we are from different parties. I say this because he is an alien to this country; his vision doesn’t belong in Sri Lanka. We have a rich history, a vibrant culture, traditions and religious principles, of many great sages but this man has not been influenced by any of these. So my decision is clearly a political one."

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