Govt. may consider dissolution if there is mass defection

MahindaToHitler_LnWGovernment seniors were this week considering the possible early dissolution of Parliament, the Sunday Times learns. Consultations at the highest levels were held on the pros and cons of dissolving Parliament. This comes against the backdrop of the revolt by a section of ruling UPFA Ministers and MPs who have opted to back the opposition’s common candidate, former SLFP General Secretary and Health Minister Maithripala Sirisena at the January 8th presidential election against incumbent President Mahinda Rajapaksa.

Mr. Sirisena’s party post was handed over to Petroleum Minister Anura Priyadharshana Yapa and the Health Ministry was taken over by President Rajapaksa.
The thinking behind the move for an early dissolution of Parliament was to strip dissident UPFA MPs of their positions in government and parliamentary privileges with immediate effect.

Senior Government officials cited a precedent where President J.R. Jayewardene dissolved Parliament on December 20, 1988 the day after the 1988 Presidential election was won by R. Premadasa and fresh elections were called two months later. This deprived President Premadasa of having the 5/6th of Parliament under UNP control then, they said.

The obstacle to an immediate dissolution of Parliament is the need to have the 2015 Budget approved. The third reading of the Budget is scheduled for tomorrow when the Ministry of Finance votes will also be taken up. The Government still maintains a comfortable majority in Parliament to have the third reading passed with a comfortable majority but a mass defection of MPs might precipitate an immediate dissolution and a Vote on Account being passed in lieu of the Budget, it is learnt.

The Opposition has also asked for a special session of Parliament on December 12 and Speaker Chamal Rajapaksa has allowed it. Should Parliament be dissolved, the Government will be run by a caretaker Cabinet of Ministers headed by President Rajapaksa.

Other News Articles


Beg your pardon, what about our husbands?

Amid polls fever, over hundred police officers transferred

Budget vote amid symbolic crossovers tomorrow

15m registered voters for polls

Sirisena’s security, vehicles withdrawn

Pope’s visit: Church depends on God

Kasippu use rising but Excise says moonshine

Jaffna’s youth hit the bottle

Gold for drugs

Nuclear war fallout in South Asia: Is Sri Lanka ready?

Schools for scandal

A first at Kalubowila Hospital

Thousands made happy on President’s birthday

Election violence and violation of election laws

No arrests over last week’s museum break-in

Tamils to call on Britain to lift ban on LTTE

Lalith Athulathmudali commemoration today

Mayors meet

Protests in Jaffna against Presidential pardon excluding local fishermen

Modi thanks Rajapaksa for pardoning Indian drug convicts

Govt. split could impact on foreign investment

Tamils to call on Britain to lift ban on LTTE

Press Institute urges President to enact RTI

No arrests over last week’s museum break-in

NBRO assessing landslide threat to over 200 schools islandwide

Parliamentarians promise to uphold child rights

Learning the language of the economic giant

Preventing term test paper leaks: Union pooh-poohs measures taken

Beware the wasps!

Insurance cover next year for students in State schools

Presidential Scholarship award holders shown Lanka’s beauty and rich heritage on inaugural country trip

Australia Awards for 35 Lankans to undertake post-graduate studies

Mahindodaya labs ready and must be opened: CP Governor

Related posts