State Minister Dilum Amunugama says it is a violation of the collective responsibility of certain Ministers to express one opinion while in the Cabinet and another outside of Cabinet.
State Minister Amunugama responding to a question raised by a journalist in Kandy said the President is of the opinion that individuals who agree to Cabinet decisions yet disagree elsewhere must leave the Cabinet of Ministers adding he too agrees with the President’s stance.
The State Minister said such incidents must not occur in the future.
He said any individual can disagree with collective Cabinet decisions after raising the concern at the Cabinet meeting.
When questioned by media whether the government does not require a 2/3 majority moving forward, State Minister Amunugama said they cannot adhere to various demands for the sake of maintaining a majority adding they are capable of governing even with a simple majority.
Furthermore, commenting on a statement by former President Maithripala Sirisena, the State Minister claimed the country is facing the current situation due to the actions of the former President.
He said former President Sirisena may lose his seat in Parliament if they comment on his actions.