Swearing in of cabinet likely to be postponed; MOU to be revised; 70 SLFP MPs to join national government
SLFP General Secretary Duminda Dissanayake said that the swearing in by the Cabinet which was scheduled for 2nd of September would be postponed.
The General Secretary further stated that the reason for postponing is due to the party’s 64th anniversary also falling on the same day.
Meanwhile, it has been proposed to add new clauses to the MoU that was signed recently between the UNP and the SLFP. At the same time, it was revealed during a SLFP media conference that 70 MPs elected out of 95 wish to support the proposed national government.
S.B. Dissanayake and Mahinda Samarasinghe, who have been appointed to parliament through the national list after their defeat in the recently concluded General Election, were present at the media briefing held under the patronage of SLFP General Secretary Duminda Dissanayake.
At the same time, a journalist enquired from SLFP General Secretary Duminda Dissanayake to comment on the statement made by MEP leader Dinesh Gunawardana. Gunawardana told a media briefing yesterday that there was still possibility to form a UPFA government.
SLFP General Secretary stated that the UNP and the SLFP are on a clear understanding with regard to forming a national government for at least 2 years.
When another journalist asked the reason to not offer a national list MP slot to the old left parties including Lanka Samasamaja Party, SLFP General Secretary stated that SLFP has always protected and supported the left, therefore, SLFP represents the Left even if it does not include the names mentioned.