At an all-party meeting, President states that it is unwise to take decisions in relation to changing a government, based on voices
Monday, 19 November 2018 - 8:45
President Maithripala Sirisena called a meeting of all political parties represented in Parliament yesterday to discuss the political unrest that prevailed in parliament and reach a consensus among all political parties to end the crisis and maintain the parliamentary affairs.
The President's Media Division confirmed the meeting that lasted almost 2 hours at the Presidential Secretariat , was cordial and friendly.
All parties agreed to take a suitable decision at the party leaders' meeting to be held today on how to proceed in the parliament and to conduct parliamentary proceedings peacefully without clashes.
The President informed those who attended that he could take a decision on the No Confidence Motion against the government only if a vote is taken by name or by electronic voting.
President Sirisena pointed out that it is the voting system most accepted by the international community, intellectuals and the general public . He also stressed the need for adhering to the standing orders without resorting to a voice vote which is not sufficiently accurate when casting a vote on amotion to change government.
Whilst Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa and former Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe participated in the meeting, Speaker Karu Jayasuriya and the JVP did not participate.
It was reported that in addition tp MPs Ravi Karunanayake, Lakshman Kirilella and Ajith P. representatives of the SLFP, Pivituru Hela Urumaya, National Freedom Front, Democratic Left Front, Sri Lanka Communist Party and the Maha Jana Eksath Peramuna were present at the meeting. These included Opposition Leader R. Sampandan representing the TNA, EPDP leader Minister Douglas Devananda, All Island People’s Congress leader Rishaad Badiudeen, Sri Lanka Muslim Congress leader Rauff Hakeem and Tamil Progressive Alliance leader Mano Ganeshan.