Colombo: Sri Lankan President Ranili Wickremesinghe According to media reports on Friday, he has started talks with opposition parties as part of his efforts to instill confidence in his administration and help the bankrupt country recover from the worst economic crisis. , The Daily Mirror newspaper quoted sources as saying that talks are expected to be completed in a week.
Wickremesinghe held talks with former President Mithripala Sirisena’s Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) on Thursday.
The main opposition party, the Samagi Jan Balvegaya (SJB) party, however, would not join the government, the paper reported.
Instead, some of its MPs are considering joining the ruling party individually, the report said.
Meanwhile, MP. Led by National Freedom Front (NFF) Vimal Veeravansa Promised to support Wickremesinghe.
Veeravansa said that the country today has two options – to take the path of chaotic situation like Haiti or at least get it out of the current crisis by consensus at the last moment.
He said that President Wickremesinghe had taken genuine steps to revive the country from the present abyss and therefore his party was ready to guide that exercise regardless of past political differences or animosity.
The NFF backed Dullas Alhapparuma to succeed Gotabaya Rajapaksa in the presidential election on 20 July, who resigned after fleeing the country amid massive anti-government protests.
Minister of Justice Vijaydas Rajapaksa All parties have been invited to form an all-party government, he said on Thursday.
The minister said the government would wait for a limited time to see if other parties would come forward to participate.
Rajapaksa said the government seeks to re-establish a sense of trust within the democracy and resolve the socio-political crisis within Sri Lanka with this move.
The minister said that instead of a conflict-ridden parliament, they hope for a peaceful parliament, so that the problems of the people are not cracked down.
Sri Lankan lawmakers elected Wickremesinghe as the country’s new president on 20 July, with the majority of the vote coming from lawmakers representing ousted President Rajapaksa’s Sri Lanka. podujana peramuna (SLPP) party.
The cabinet appointed on Friday had only two non-SLPP MPs. Constitutionally, the cabinet can be increased to 30 members.
The 73-year-old president was appointed for the remainder of the term of Gotabaya Rajapaksa, who initially fled to the Maldives and then to Singapore.
Sri Lanka has seen widespread unrest over the worst economic crisis in months, with the government declaring bankruptcy in mid-April by refusing to honor its international debt.
Wickremesinghe on Wednesday said his government’s main priority is to fix the country’s ailing economy and end the severe fuel shortage, which has escalated after the last shipments under the Indian credit line arrived in the country in June.