A meeting of party leaders representing the opposition was held last evening after the Parliament session, where discussions were held on forming an all-party government to revive the country.
Accordingly, a decision was reached to appoint a committee representing all opposition parties led by Parliamentarian Lakshman Kiriella to deliberate the formation of an all-party government.
Former President Maithripala Sirisena and Leader of the Opposition Sajith Premadasa will act as Advisors of the committee.
The discussions were attended by representatives of the Samagi Jana Balawegaya, the Sri Lanka Freedom Party, the Tamil National Alliance and several independent groups as well.
However, the JVP was not part of the discussions. MPs Ranjith Madduma Bandara, Rajitha Senaratne, Tissa Attanayake, Rauf Hakeem, Mano Ganesan, P Digambaram, Dilan Perera, and Dr. Charitha Herath were present at the talks.
MPs Dayasiri Jayasekera, Vasudeva Nanayakkara, Udaya Gammanpila, Mohammad, Muzammil, Gevindu Kumaratunga, Ven. Athuraliye Rathana thera, Anura Priyadarshana Yapa, MA Sumanthiran, and CV Vigneswaran also attended the talks.
Speaking to media subsequent to the meeting, MP Tissa Attanayake said discussions focused on the need to garner a 113 majority in order to form an all-party government.
He said the process through which this will take place will be made known in future.
MP Attanayake said a conclusion was however not reached on working with the President, adding that if a 113 majority can be garnered the President will have to comply.
Meanwhile, MP Dayasiri Jayasekera said a broad national programme is needed in order to form an all-party government adding that the President and the government cannot resolve the present crisis.
MP Jayasekera said the country must be revived with both a short and long-term plan.
He noted that stability must be introduced in the country while elections can subsequently be held in due course.
He reiterated his stance that the Prime Minister must be removed while a new Cabinet of Ministers must be appointed.