Representatives of the 10 independent political parties in Parliament have reached a decision to extend their support to the new government without accepting any Ministerial portfolios.
Speaking to media following discussion with Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe this morning, Parliamentarian Udaya Gammanpila said Prime Minister Wickremesinghe informed that a new Budget will be presented in Parliament soon.
Parliamentarian Udaya Gammanpila said the Prime Minister requested the group of 10 independent MP’s to extend their support in establishing a united non-partisan government.
The MP said he had reminded Premier Wickremesinghe that it was the group of independent MPs that proposed an interim all party government to the President on the 8th of May.
MP Gammanpila said the Premier intended to form a national council consisting of the party leaders, while 15 committees were to be established in Parliament.
The MP said the leadership of the 5 Primary and 10 technical committees would be offered to the leaders of parties unwilling to accept ministerial portfolios in an attempt to involve all political parties in governance.
The MP said the independent MP’s informed the Prime Minister that they would offer their support without accepting ministerial portfolios adding they would work towards rebuilding the nation.
Responding to a question by a journalist, the MP said the Premier informed the MP’s that he was analysing the situation and would propose an interim budget until December in Parliament promptly.
The MP said discussions to implement the 21st Amendment to the constitution were currently underway adding the Prime Minster agreed to discuss the draft proposed by the independent MP’s in relation to the amendment.
Meanwhile MP Asanka Navarathne said the discussion with the Premier had focussed on finding solutions for the shortages of fuel, gas, medicines and other essentials adding a decision regarding the stance of the 10 independent parties was not finalized.
He said as of now the independent MP’s were remaining in the opposition.
The MP however claimed that the Public mandate was for the independent MP’s to join hands with the government and work to solve the issues of the country adding a decision would be reached within the day.
Meanwhile, MP Wijeyadasa Rajapakshe said they discussed the prevailing shortages pertaining to essential items including fuel, medicines and gas.
MP Rajapakshe said attention was focused on overcoming to the crises by obtaining aid from international communities.
The Parliamentarian said the group of independent MPs reached a decision to extend their full support to the newly appointed Prime Minister and the government.