President Gotabaya Rajapaksa has informed the opposition that he will not be able to reconvene the old Parliament.
The President had responded to a letter sent by a group of opposition parties who had issued a joint statement assuring support to the Government in Parliament in order to face the challenge of COVID-19 effectively.
In a 10- point joint statement this week, the Opposition Party Leaders, who were members of the Parliament dissolved on 2nd March 2020, said that against the backdrop of a public health crisis caused by the COVID-19 pandemic and the steps taken by Governments to control it, a range of new challenges have emerged in Sri Lanka as well.
They said that it was their genuine belief that re-summoning the dissolved Parliament and through it securing the cooperation of political parties and MPs represented in the dissolved Parliament would greatly contribute to the resolving of a number of urgent governance issues that have emerged amidst the crisis.
Tjey had also said that getting appropriate and new legislation passed in order to meet the public health crisis and obtaining parliamentary sanction to the utilization of monies from the Consolidated Fund are some such important and urgent functions of Parliament.
The joint statement was signed by Party Leaders of the Opposition, including United National Party (UNP) Leader Ranil Wickremesinghe, Leader of the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) R. Sampanthan, Sri Lanka Muslim Congress (SLMC) Leader Rauff Hakeem and Leader of the All Ceylon Makkal Congress (ACMC) Rishad Bathiudeen. (Colombo