Make or break talks held at the Presidential Secretariat this evening between President Maithripala Sirisena and leaders of political parties in Parliament, including United National Party (UNP) leader Ranil Wickremesinghe, ended inconclusively.
UNP Parliamentarian Dr. Harsha de Silva tweeted saying the United People’s Freedom Alliance (UPFA) had demanded that the UNP show 113 affidavits from Parliamentarians supporting Ranil Wickremesinghe.
“No breakthrough at so called all party meeting with Pres
@MaithripalaS now. They want to drag impasse along giving lame excuses of procedure as #FakePM does NOT have 113. What a damn shame, taking #SriLanka down for your political survival. Go, MR Go. For Gods sake Go,” Dr. Harsha de Silva tweeted.
UNP MP Ajith P. Perera said that the United National Front will submit affidavits from 113 MPs proving it has majority support in the 225 member Parliament to form a Government.
Meanwhile, the President’s media division said that the All Party Meeting called by President Maithripala Sirisena to discuss the current political developments was held in a friendly and cordial manner at the Presidential Secretariat today and lasted for more than 2 hours.
“There was an agreement at the meeting that the party leaders meeting, scheduled for tomorrow should decide the future proceedings of Parliament and the Parliamentary session should be conducted peacefully and without any untoward acts,” the President’s media division said.
The President informed everybody who attended the meeting that he could take a decision on the No Confidence Motion against the Government only if a vote is taken by name of the Members or by electronic voting.
He pointed out that it would be the most accepted method of voting system by the intellectuals and the public of the country as well as internationally. He also stressed the need for adhering to the standing orders without resorting to a voice vote which is not transparent, while voting on an important motion to change the government.
Speaker Karu Jayasuriya had decided not to attend the all party conference while the Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) had also boycotted the meeting. (Colombo Gazette)