Expectations are on the rise that the current political impasse will end shortly with Speaker Karu Jayasuriya announcing that he would made a determination in Parliament on Wednesday on the validity or otherwise of the ‘National Government’.
Jayasuriya made this annoucement when the Opposition questioned him about the legality of the cabinet size and its composition since the unity-agreement between the SLFP and UNP had lapsed.
Jayasuriya admitted that he has not been informed officially by the two main parties about the status quo of their agreement. It is therefore expected that his ruling will be based on the decision taken by the two parties on their ‘unity-arrangement’.
It was also reported that there would be a cabinet reshuffle the same day following a discussion on Sunday between Jayasuriya, President Maithripala Sirisena and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe.
However, even if the ‘National Government’ is to continue, it is not clear what how the ministerial positions will be distributed among the two parties.
Even as recent as Sunday, S.B. Dissanayake of the SLFP insisted that while the party is amenable to the continuation of the ‘National Government’ they are pushing for a change in portfolios as well as the post of Prime Minister, which he said should go to an SLFPer.
It has been more than 10 days since the country was plunged into political uncertainty when the two major parties suffered a historica defeat at the hands of the Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna at the local government elections.
The ‘unity-agreement’ expired on December 31, 2017 and the legality of the current cabinet has been brought into question.