UNP MP Earl Gunasekara has reportedly taken a decision to back the proposed reforms to the constitution next week. In doing this, he will be voting with the Government, despite being a member of the Opposition. He told the media that the Working Committee members were already aware of his decision, and added he was ready to face the consequences of his actions. Gunasekara added that the time was ripe for the Opposition to stop opposing everything put forward by the Government.
Gunasekara will probably not be alone. UNP MP Abdul Cader said he thought the proposed 18th amendment ‘very good.’ He added that many improvements had been made within the country since the war victory, and so he saw no reason to go against the President. Cader has frequently voted with the Government side during Parliamentary sessions, despite being an Opposition member. The UNP has said they will take disciplinary action against Cader in this regard. However, they are yet to do so.
Meanwhile, SLMC Head Rauf Hakeem also announced he would be supporting the Government’s proposed constitutional reforms earlier this week.