Speaker Karu Jayasuriya held a discussion with President Maithripala Sirisena at the Presidential Secretariat on the possibility of forming a new government after the purported government, led by Mahinda Rajapaksa, suffered its fifth consecutive defeat in Parliament.
During the vote on the motion to curtail budgetary allocations to the Prime Minister’s Office today, 123 MPs voted in favour of the motion, again demonstrating that the former President did not have a simple majority in Parliament. The Speaker met President Sirisena this afternoon to officially inform the latter about the outcome of the vote in Parliament.
Addressing a meeting with Foreign Correspondents Association in Sri Lanka recently, President Sirisena said he would take necessary measures to form a new government if the opposition “properly show” its majority. As 123 lawmakers voted against former President Rajapaksa via electronic vote in Parliament this morning, Speaker Jayasuriya met President Sirisena to inform him about the outcome of the vote and discuss further action.
Sirisena, now under pressure to deliver on his assurance, told the Speaker Jayasuriya this evening that he would meet Opposition Leader R. Sampanthan and leaders of the UNF tomorrow to discuss the matter. He also commended the Speaker’s efforts to uphold democracy in Sri Lanka. What Sirisena did not say, however, is that the democracy in Sri Lanka has been jeopardized by his own actions.
The UNP, at a parliamentary group meeting last night, unanimously decided to support the re-appointment of Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe as the Prime Minister. This decision prevents Sirisena from pursuing the option of appointing a UNP Parliament other than Wickremesinghe as the Prime Minister.