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Saturday, 22 August 2015 - 19:04
UNP and SLFP continues talks on dividing ministerial posts
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Another round of talks between the UNP and the SLFP was held today with regard to forming a national government.

SLFP sources stated that the talks would mainly focus on dividing ministerial portfolios.

Several proposals have been made previously with regard to the matter.

Accordingly, one of the proposals was to offer 45 percent of ministerial posts to the SLFP and 55 percent to the UNP.

A senior member of SLFP who joined the discussion stated that the two factions agreed to offer 15 or 17 cabinet ministerial posts to the SLFP.

As per the 19th constitutional amendment, the number of Cabinet Ministerial portfolios has been reduced to 30.

When our news team enquired from the President’s legal advisor Doctor Jayampathi Wickramaratne, he stated that the approval of parliament is required to increase this number.

Meanwhile, representatives of the two factions met at the President’s House on Keppetipola Mawatha, Colombo and held talks concerning the success of the national government last night.   

Later, expressing his views to our news team, UNP General Secretary Kabir Hashim stated that his party is always ready to work as a team towards the development of the country within a national government.

 

SLFP General Secretary Duminda Dissanayake who also participated in the meeting stated that they would realize the expectation of a national government.

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