President Maithripala Sirisena and his appointee to the post of Prime Minister, Mahinda Rajapaksa held a special meeting with all SLFP and UPFA Parliamentarians at the Presidential Secretariat, this evening.
The meeting followed a discussion between Sirisena and Rajapaksa over the members of the new Cabinet. A senior SLFP Parliamentarian said Sirisena had given “full freedom” to Rajapaksa to nominate anyone to any position in the government.
The meeting at the Presidential Secretariat was jointly chaired by Sirisena and Rajapaksa, while SLFP Senior Vice Chairman Nimal Siripala de Silva also sat with them.
During the meeting, UPFA General Secretary Mahinda Amraweera presented a motion extending the support of all UPFA Parliamentarians to Rajapaksa to continue in his position as the Prime Minister. The motion was seconded by SLFP National Organizer Duminda Dissanayake.
UNP Parliamentarian Ananda Aluthgamage, CWC Leader Arumugam Thondaman and EPDP Leader Douglas Devananda also attended the meeting where the affairs of the new government were widely discussed.
Meanwhile, UPFA Parliamentarian Lakshman Yapa Abeywardena said the President would address the nation tomorrow. He also added that the new Cabinet of Ministers will take oaths before the President on Monday.
However, UNP’s Harin Fernando said his MPs still function as members of the government. Speaking to media this evening, Fernando said Cabinet members of the UNP will hold a meeting with Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe tomorrow morning and address the press.