President Gotabaya Rajapaksa has agreed to form a national council that will see the appointment of a new Prime Minister and a new Cabinet of Ministers.
The development was confirmed today during a meeting with parties currently representing the government and parties that are currently independent having contested under the ruling party after the last General Election.
Speaking to NewsRadio Parliamentarian Weerasumana Weerasinghe said the proposal received a favorable response from other parliamentarians.
MP Weerasinghe said all MPs agreed to the appointment of an all-party government, and also for the subsequent appointment of a committee to form the all-party government.
The Parliamentarian said the announcement of an all-party government was the immediate short-term solution they finalized for the current economic crisis.
He said they will hold talks with other political parties and come to a final decision.
Commenting on the agreements reached during today’s discussion, MP Jayantha Samaraweera said the group along with the Head of State agreed on naming the new administration as the “National Consensus Government”.
MP Samaraweera said a national council will be formed with the participation of all party leaders who agree on the new government adding the council will then decide and appoint a new Prime Minister and a Cabinet of Ministers.
The Parliamentarian claimed the council will reach a decision on the number of Ministries and Cabinet Ministers to be appointed in order to gain public trust to overcome the prevailing crisis.
Furthermore, MP Samaraweera said the national council will make the decision on the number of State Ministries and the appointment of Secretaries to the relevant Ministries.
The MP claimed the new Ministers, State Ministers and Ministry Secretaries will have to be mindful of the expenses when carrying out their duties considering the prevalent financial crisis.