A group of members of the United People’s Freedom Alliance (UPFA) today said that President Maithripala Sirisena cannot decide on his own on who gets nominations for the Parliament elections.
UPFA member of parliament Vasudeva Nanayakkara said that the UPFA Executive Committee will decide who the Prime Ministerial candidate of the UPFA will be at the next Parliament elections.
President Maithripala Sirisena had said that former President Mahinda Rajapaksa will not be given nominations to contest the polls as the Prime Ministerial candidate.
However Nanayakkara said that the UPFA will do what it can to ensure Rajapaksa is nominated as the Prime Ministerial candidate.
“The right to decide is not with the President as the UPFA Chairman but the UPFA Executive Committee,” he said.
Nanayakkara said that the Prime Ministerial candidate will be decided based on a majority vote of the UPFA Executive Committee.
Meanwhile, Nanayakkara also said that a no-confidence motion on Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe must be given priority.
He said that several UPFA members will push for the vote on the no-confidence motion to be given priority over the 20th Amendment to the constitution.
Nanayakkara noted that the future of a Government depends on the outcome of the no-confidence motion and so on that basis it should be given priority.
UPFA member Wimal Weerawansa said that the no-confidence motion on the Prime Minister will be submitted to Parliament on June 9 while another one on Finance Minister Ravi Karunanayake will be submitted on June 3. (Colombo Gazette)
Report and pic by Waruni Karunarathne