Udayavni Special

Lanka Parliament to convene on Tuesday for first time after PM Wickremesinghe’s reinstatement


Team Udayavani, Dec 18, 2018, 1:45 PM IST

Colombo: Sri Lanka’s Parliment is set to convene on Tuesday for the first time after the reinstatement of Ranil Wickremesinghe as prime minister that ended the 51-day political standoff in the country, but he and President Maithripala Sirisena are yet to agree on Cabinet positions.

Sirisena, whose controversial actions plunged the island nation into an unprecedented political turmoil for nearly two months, reinstated Wickremesinghe as Prime Minister on Sunday, after sacking him on October 26 and appointing ex-president Mahinda Rajapaksa in his place and also dissolving Parliament, some 20 months early.

Sirisena was left with no other option following two separate decisions by the Supreme Court, which nullified his illegal moves.

Speaker Karu Jayasuriya is scheduled to chair a meeting on Tuesday to decide on the business of Parliament this week.

As Cabinet ministers are yet to take oaths, only the Prime Minister will be assigned a seat in the Chamber, Parliament Deputy Secretary General Neil Iddawela said.

“We are hopeful that the list can be finalised soon. We are also looking at some of the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (Sirisena’s party) members to join,” Nalin Bandara, a parliamentarian from Wickremesinghe’s United National Party (UNP), said.

The UNP sources said Sirisena is demanding the ministries of law and order and mass media. It has been reported that the UNP has been assigned seats in the government side and Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) and United People’s Freedom Alliance (UPFA) MPs have been assigned seats of the Opposition.

A final decision has not been taken on the opposition leader’s position. State newspaper Daily News reported that about 10 UPFA MPs are expected to join the UNP side.

“The SLFP members decided last night that none would join the government,” Nishantha Muthuhettigama, a Sirisena loyalist said.

The Sirisena camp now is divided between the SLFP and Rajapaksa’s SLPP. They are to join together to form a united alliance at the next election.

Parliamentary officials said that seats would be allocated based on the seniority this afternoon when parliament meets for the first time since the crisis ended. Sirisena and Rajapaksa loyalista, who have been boycotting parliament since mid last month, are set to return to Parliament on Tuesday.

Udayavani is now on Telegram. Click here to join our channel and stay updated with the latest news.

Top News

NIA arrests Lashikar-e-Taiba recruiter in Kashmir

2020 Delhi riots: Court grants bail to Umar Khalid

Karnataka sees biggest single day jump of 14,738 COVID-19 cases, 66 deaths

Google Earth adds time lapse video to depict climate change

Donations for Ram temple: About 15,000 collected bank cheques bounce

Sudhakar warns private hospitals of strict action if they do not reserve beds for COVID patients

Amid COVID-19 and climate change, world leaders call for urgent action on adolescent wellbeing




Related Articles More

Google Earth adds time lapse video to depict climate change

Amid COVID-19 and climate change, world leaders call for urgent action on adolescent wellbeing

Sydney man finds snake in lettuce bought at supermarket

What is a COVID-19 vaccine passport, and will I need one?

Biden announces complete US troop withdrawal from Afghanistan before September 11

MUST WATCH

Mangaluru: Fire breaks out at income tax office due to short circuit

Udayavani Exclusive | Dr Dinesh Shetty on COVID-19 second wave

Charukottige: Kuruvadi pond dries up completely

Udayavani 15-April-2021 News Bulletin

Mangaluru: Serial robbery at Moodbidri, Mulki, Bajpe; 6 more arrested

Latest Additions

BCCI Central Contracts: Virat, Rohit, Bumrah remain in top bracket; Pandya promoted to grade A

NIA arrests Lashikar-e-Taiba recruiter in Kashmir

2020 Delhi riots: Court grants bail to Umar Khalid

Karnataka sees biggest single day jump of 14,738 COVID-19 cases, 66 deaths

Google Earth adds time lapse video to depict climate change

Thanks for visiting Udayavani

You seem to have an Ad Blocker on.
To continue reading, please turn it off or whitelist Udayavani.