The Government has quickly moved to dispel concerns on account of the sudden decision by President Maithripala Sirisena to prorogue Parliament through an Extraordinary Gazette Notification.
The Director General, Government Information Sudarshana Gunawardena has issued a media release claiming that ‘the prorogation of Parliament has no negative impact on the functioning and operation of the Government.’
The next Parliament session will commence on May 8, 2018.
Concerns have been raised within both the SLFP and UNP whether the prorogation had anything to do with the tensions between the two parties which have manifested in the form of the composition of the Cabinet.
Several SLFP cabinet ministers resigned and were replaced ‘temporarily’ by other SLFP ministers by Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe.
Colombo Telegraph reliably learns that there is a serious split within what is left of the SLFP with Sirisena irritably remarking ‘rogues are free to leave the government’.
The situation in the UNP is not resolved either, with reforms promised by Wickremesinghe prior to the no confidence motion now being put on the proverbial back burner.