UNP in talks with SLFP MPs to form new government


by Zacki Jabbar

The UNP led UNF, was in discussion with some SLFP MPs to form a new government, UNP MP Nalin Bandara said yesterday.

He told a news conference in Colombo, that the proposed government would be formed on principles and polices aimed at strengthening democracy and developing the country. "We will select only MPs who are committed to fulfilling the good governance mandate given to us by the people and not those looking to make a fast buck."

Bandara said that due to the unconstitutional actions of President Maithripala Sirisena, beginning with the appointment of Mahinda Rajapaksa as Prime Minister on October 26, when Ranil Wickremesinghe was the legitimate Prime Minister and the subsequent dissolution of Parliament, which the Supreme Court on Thursday ruled was illegal, the economy had taken a huge blow with losses estimated at around Rs.200 billion.

The 19th Amendment to the Constitution, he stressed, would be strengthened further, to ensure that the President, whoever it may be, would have to work in consultation with Parliament and not according to his or her whims and fancies.

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