Sri Lanka's PM: To go or not?

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Postby Edmond » Thu Feb 22, 2018 1:29 am

“Yahapalanaya” to continue UNP and UPFA confirm in Parliament
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By Ashwin Hemmathagama – Our Lobby Correspondent

Contracting parties to the agreement which formed the Unity Government, the United National Party (UNP) and the United People’s Freedom Alliance (UPFA) informed Parliament that the agreement to form the national Government is valid and operational.

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, bringing the curtain down on the speculations on the efforts of forming new Governments and possible crossovers to strengthen the much wanted 113 Parliamentary seats, informed the House yesterday that the UNP’s agreement with the UPFA is solid and active as per the provisions of the Constitution.

“The Unity Government is continued as per an approval received from the House. The motion presented is valid and is not cancelled. I don’t think that a necessity has arisen to revoke it. I propose if the Secretary General read out the motion we passed as per Article 46 (4) of the Constitution. We follow the Article 46 (4). I don’t think the basis of this agreement has changed. What followed was to get an approval for a national Government where both parties have agreed to move forward with an agreement. The motion presented in the Parliament was to increase the number of ministerial portfolios. But there is no requirement to table this agreement between the signatories,” said Wickremesinghe.

Confirming the Prime Minister’s statement, UPFA General Secretary, Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Development Minister and Mahaweli Development State Minister Mahinda Amaraweera said: “We have entered into an agreement with the United National Party. It was presented and has received approval from the Parliament. We will uphold the agreement and continue to follow it. The UPFA and the Sri Lanka Freedom Party haven’t exited the agreement yet.”

However, in the absence of an agreement tabled before Parliament when the resolution to increase the ministerial portfolios was passed two years ago, followed by the explicit extension of the respective resolution from last September, Chief Opposition Whip JVP MP Anura Kumara Dissanayake challenged the decisions reached by the Government during the period of the last four months, citing them as unconstitutional.

“On the 2nd of September 2015, the approval was given for two years. This was reported in the Hansards. But having failed to present a new agreement by 2nd September last year, the initial approval came to an end. It is true that the participants of this agreement took part in the Government but there is no validity with the expiry of the agreement. So, the conduct of the 48 ministers during this period is unconstitutional. You could have extended the agreement immediately after the expiry. The Parliament approved to increase the number of ministers from 30 to 48 and also the state and the deputy minister increased from 40 to 45 for two years,” held Dissanayake.

Trying to ease the growing tension on the request of Speaker Karu Jayasuriya, Secretary General of Parliament Dhammika Dasanayake, citing the resolution passed by the House after having taken a division by name, where on 3 September 2015 143 lawmakers were in favour and 16 against, read out: “Whereas the United National Party which obtained the highest number of seats in Parliament has formed a National Government, Parliament determines in terms of Article 46(4) of the Constitution of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka that the number of Ministers in the Cabinet of Ministers shall not exceed 48 and the number of Ministers who are not Cabinet Ministers and the number of Deputy Ministers shall not exceed 45.”

Unable to agree with the resolution passed without an agreement, which was not tabled in Parliament, UPFA Joint Opposition Parliamentary Group Leader Dinesh Gunawardena charged the Government for not disclosing a public document. “The Constitution is not a joke, but it is not the time to joke with the Constitution. On par with Article 46 of the Constitution, we would prefer to see the agreement related to the motion moved on the 3rd September. We seek tabling of the particular agreement, which is important for this House and a document of Parliament. But the other party went public with the intentions to discontinue the agreement, which lapsed in last September,” said Gunawardena.

Joining the debate, Deputy Minister of Power and Renewable Energy Ajith Perera explained to the House that it is not mandatory to table an agreement, but the resolution was limited to the extension of the number of ministerial posts.

“According to the resolution, which was passed, it is clear that the Cabinet of Ministers shall not exceed 48 and the number of Ministers who are not Cabinet Ministers and the number of Deputy Ministers will not exceed 45. In this motion, no limitation of two years is found mentioned. In the absence of such limitation in writing, it is baseless to prove that the conduct of the Minister during the last four months was unconstitutional. All this time, the debate was about a myth that limited the period of this national Government to two years,” said Perera.

Endorsing the fact that the national Government is operational in the eyes of the law, Provincial Councils and Local Government Minister Faiszer Musthapha said: “If it was prerequisite, the agreement would have been tabled at the time this resolution was passed in the Parliament. The agreement could be either orally or in writing. If the parties to the agreement say that they want to agree to continue, then the particular agreement is operational.”

“It is only the contracting parties who could come before the Speaker and say if the agreement is non-existent. It is not for the third parties to interpret the agreement before this House and say that it is not operational. Here, both contracting parties have stated that it is operational, and therefore the third-party statements have no consequence, and also the fact that these agreements were not tabled at the time that this resolution was passed, does not make it a mandatory prerequisite that the agreement is tabled,” he added.

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Re: Sri Lanka's PM: To go or not?

Postby Blue Whale » Mon Feb 26, 2018 9:13 pm

PM appoints committee to expedite action on corruption
February 26, 2018 03:52 pm

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe has appointed a three-member committee of ministers to examine ways of expediting cases on corruption and fraud, the PM’s Office said.

The committee is comprised of Minister of Health Dr Rajitha Senaratne, Minister of Prisons Reforms and Rehabilitation D.M. Swaminathan and State Minister of Prison Reforms and Rehabilitation Ajith P. Perera while the Secretary to the Ministry of Law and Order will serve as the secretary to the committee.

The decision was taken during a special discussion held at Temple Trees this morning (26) with the participation of the Secretary to the Ministry of Law and Order, the Inspector General of Police (IGP) and senior police officers.

During the meeting, attention was also drawn towards the report provided by the former Minister of Law and Order Sagala Ratnayake regarding action taken to eradicate corruption and fraud, the statement said.

PM Wickremesinghe was appointed as the new Minister of Law and Order, during Sunday’s Cabinet reshuffle.

The statement also said that a committee chaired by the PM and comprised of ministers Thalatha Athukorale and Sagala Ratnayake have been appointed to coordinate activities with regard to establishing a University for Criminal Justice.

Another committee was appointed comprising of ministers, Tilak Marapana, Ranjith Maddumabandara and Sagala Ratnayake to expedite affairs regarding the appeals relating to political revenge within the police department.

Secretary to the Finance Ministry Dr. R H S Samaratunga, Secretary to the Law and Order Ministry Padmasiri Jayamanna, IGP Pujitha Jayasundara, Commanding Officer of STF DIG M.R. Latheef, Senior DIG- CID Ravi Seneviratne, Senior DIG- FCID Ravi Waidyalankara, Senior DIG Chandana Wickramaratne and other high-ranking officers attended the discussion

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Re: Sri Lanka's PM: To go or not?

Postby Blue Whale » Mon Feb 26, 2018 9:16 pm

Now what?

UNP MPs ready to bring no-confidence motion against PM - Range Bandara
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Re: Sri Lanka's PM: To go or not?

Postby SHARK » Mon Feb 26, 2018 9:41 pm

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Postby Blue Whale » Mon Feb 26, 2018 9:48 pm

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Re: Sri Lanka's PM: To go or not?

Postby SHARK » Mon Feb 26, 2018 9:52 pm

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Re: Sri Lanka's PM: To go or not?

Postby Blue Whale » Tue Feb 27, 2018 6:47 am

I don't think so. It is the bitter truth. The politicians should know how to do politics as well as a country need a clear vision to prosper.
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Re: Sri Lanka's PM: To go or not?

Postby Blue Whale » Wed Apr 04, 2018 10:39 am

The no confidence motion on PM begins. Vote to take at 9.30 pm. Muslim parties in government to vote against the motion. UNP group to vote against the motion may be with one or two exceptions. Government SLFP members to abstain. United opposition to vote in favour with few exceptions. TNA is likely to abstain or else will let vote against. JVP to vote in favour. In the final analysis PM looks like crossing the hurdle. The important question is whether PM can take the right policy decisions and implement them even now to turnaround the economy at least during the next 2 and half years.
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Re: Sri Lanka's PM: To go or not?

Postby SHARK » Wed Apr 04, 2018 11:04 am

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Re: Sri Lanka's PM: To go or not?

Postby Cseinvester » Wed Apr 04, 2018 11:14 am

SHARK wrote:now trending in tweets #SACKKILI

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Re: Sri Lanka's PM: To go or not?

Postby lukedesilva » Wed Apr 04, 2018 12:19 pm

Who wants him out, only the strong UNPers.

It is most beneficial for the rest to keep this joker in power. His ambition is to become the next president.

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Re: Sri Lanka's PM: To go or not?

Postby Shadow walker » Wed Apr 04, 2018 1:35 pm

lukedesilva wrote:Who wants him out, only the strong UNPers.

It is most beneficial for the rest to keep this joker in power. His ambition is to become the next president.


He can.. we should let him to try again.. he is a great leader. :D


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Re: Sri Lanka's PM: To go or not?

Postby yellow bird » Wed Apr 04, 2018 3:39 pm

lukedesilva wrote:Who wants him out, only the strong UNPers.

It is most beneficial for the rest to keep this joker in power. His ambition is to become the next president.


Then please explain why the opposition tabled this motion in the first place.

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Re: Sri Lanka's PM: To go or not?

Postby Shadow walker » Wed Apr 04, 2018 4:14 pm

yellow bird wrote:
lukedesilva wrote:Who wants him out, only the strong UNPers.

It is most beneficial for the rest to keep this joker in power. His ambition is to become the next president.


Then please explain why the opposition tabled this motion in the first place.


its not opposition, its 3 ediots (wimal, gammanpila and wasu) tabled the no confident motion. :D
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Re: Sri Lanka's PM: To go or not?

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Re: Sri Lanka's PM: To go or not?

Postby lukedesilva » Wed Apr 04, 2018 7:13 pm

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Re: Sri Lanka's PM: To go or not?

Postby Investor from 1985 » Wed Apr 04, 2018 7:48 pm

Nothing to worry, they do all these things to protect CSE investors. =))

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Re: Sri Lanka's PM: To go or not?

Postby yellow bird » Wed Apr 04, 2018 8:39 pm

Shadow walker wrote:
yellow bird wrote:
lukedesilva wrote:Who wants him out, only the strong UNPers.

It is most beneficial for the rest to keep this joker in power. His ambition is to become the next president.


Then please explain why the opposition tabled this motion in the first place.


its not opposition, its 3 ediots (wimal, gammanpila and wasu) tabled the no confident motion. :D


Wrong. It was signed in front of Mahinda. The man behind this is non other than prez. Who came just to abolish the exe presidency.I think he was expecting to get support of 10,15 unp ers. Instead in the end it seems he has only been able to split-the remaining part of the SLFP again.

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Re: Sri Lanka's PM: To go or not?

Postby prasa2004 » Thu Apr 05, 2018 8:49 am

Can we expect some 'fireworks' in CSE floor by lifting index by UNP guys when trading begins? I think it may happen as now very easy to lift by buying few Dist. lets see

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Re: Sri Lanka's PM: To go or not?

Postby Blue Whale » Thu Apr 05, 2018 12:35 pm

Fireworks :-\ New taxes :((
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Re: Sri Lanka's PM: To go or not?

Postby GB » Fri Apr 06, 2018 9:40 pm

PM informs UNP group to withdraw No-Confidence Motion against SLFP members handed over today as it is not a party decision- Director of Govt Info. Dept.
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Re: Sri Lanka's PM: To go or not?

Postby Blue Whale » Sat Apr 07, 2018 4:11 pm

No point. The things will happen same as of now. But if PM dosn' t correct the lethargy in policy side then the country will go through the hell as well. No stopping in that.
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Re: Sri Lanka's PM: To go or not?

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