UNP says Parliament will be dissolved soon

Lakshman Kiriella (2)The United National Party (UNP) today said that Parliament will be dissolved soon and elections will be held for a new Parliament.

Leader of the House and UNP MP Lakshman Kiriella said that the UNP wants a majority in Parliament to do most of the things it promised the people.

He said that now the Government is a minority in Parliament and so it is unable to function smoothly.

Kiriella also said that the opposition is split with two factions blaming each other over the loss at the last polls.

He said the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) is dreaming of winning the next Parliament election but the UNP is confident the SLFP will lose.

Kiriella claimed that several SLFP members are now seeking nominations from the UNP for the Parliament elections.

The UNP MP also said that his party is confident President Maithripala Sirisena has his heart with the UNP despite being an SLFP member. (Colombo Gazette)

3 COMMENTS

  1. The democratic norm that an MP should get 50 + 1 vote to win his seat is conveniently forgotten in the election reform bill. If a person cannot get more than 50 +1 in the first round they should go for a second round with only two members who got most votes contesting.

    • Dear Nawaz,

      When did that become a “democratic norm”? It’s just your idea; may be a good idea: 50% +1. It’ll mean extra expense, but that would be justified if it eradicated violence and corruption.

      And yes, it could lead to the individual voter (and thus minority groups) becoming more difficult to ignore, which in my view is a positive. And if the second round of polling is held in all “electorates” where the result was inconclusive, it need not cost a horrendous lot more.

      The value of your idea began to dawn on me only after I began typing.

  2. This is about the 100th time we heard from UNP that the parliament will be dissolved and election will be called soon but its funny that the PM, who is the head of the cabinet,does not know how soon this will happen. It is anybody’s guess!

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