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UPFA and UNP agree on an Executive Prime Minister

Jul 12, 2010 9:59:56 AM - itnnews.lk

The United People’s Freedom Alliance (UPFA) and the United National Party (UNP) have reached a consensus to create an Executive Prime Minister’s post responsible to Parliament.

Representatives of the Freedom Alliance along with President Rajapaksa and UNP representatives including Opposition leader Ranil Wickramasinghe met at Temple Trees this evening for discussions. They discussed at length on an Executive Prime Minister responsible to Parliament, a proposal made by the SLFP to the All Party Committee. Agreement was reached in this respect. UNP representatives called for a clarification on the strategy to be adopted at the forthcoming local Government polls. Ministers Dinesh Gunawardena and Basil Rajapaksa were tasked with making clarifications.

Agreement was also reached that the Cabinet should be responsible towards officials to be appointed to institutions which will operate under the 17th Constitutional Amendment. Its implementation will be based on consensus reached by a Committee comprising representatives of both parties.

The President emphasized that the present Executive Presidency is a marginalized post and should be converted into a portfolio which will transact with the Parliament and work in collaboration with the Parliament. The discussion which lasted about one hour was cordial according to the Presidential Media Unit. Ranil Wickramasinghe along with Parliamentarians Karu Jayasuriya, Gamini Jayawickrema Perera, Tissa Attanayake and Joseph Michael Perera on behalf of the UNP and Ministers Maithripala Sirisena, Nimal Siripala de Silva, Susil Premajayanth, G.L. Peiris, Dinesh Gunawardena and Dulles Alahapperuma represented the United People’s Freedom Alliance.