President Maithripala Sirisena, who reneged on his promises on the no-confidence motion against Mahinda Rajapaksa multiple times, now says he is ready to appoint a new Prime Minister if the legislature follows Standing Orders.
Sirisena, addressing party leaders on a previous occasion, said he would accept the no-confidence motion against Rajapaksa if Parliament passed it minus the first clause. When the Legislature passed the NCM against Rajapaksa for the second time as requested by Sirisena, the latter refused to fulfil his promise.,
Speaking to Sunday Times yesterday, Sirisena had stated that he would appoint a new Prime Minister “if Parliament follows Standing Orders and shows a majority.”
“If Mahinda Rajapaksa has the majority in Parliament, he can continue with the government without any obstacle. If it is proved that Mr Rajapaksa does not have a majority, I believe he will take a decision,” he told the Sunday Times.
“I have no possibility of re-appointing Mr Wickremesinghe. I will stick to that principle,” he said. The newspaper also reports that Sirisena, at a UPFA meeting at the Presidential Secretariat on Friday, has requested Mahinda Rajapaksa to continue in office, despite two no-confidence motions being passed against him in Parliament.