Aug 31, 2020

Deputy PM position, won't happen? Featured

Minister of Justice - Ali Sabri P.C. says that although attention has been given to repeal the 19th Amendment and to draft a new constitution, no proposal has been made to introduce a Deputy Prime Minister.

The minister said thus when he had visited the Chief Prelates of the Malwatta and Asgiriya chapters in Kandy.

He also assured that a legal framework which would be implemented similarly for all ethnicities, would be established.

However, it was previously reported that the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) had requested the government to ensure that their party leader and former President - Maithripala Sirisena was given a post of Deputy Prime Minister, after introducing the new position through the new Amendment.

Presently, there are 15 SLFP MPs in parliament. Two are cabinet ministers while four are state ministers. Two more were appointed as the Deputy Speaker and Deputy Chairman of a parliament Committee.

Meanwhile, certain media reports also speculated that the SLFP was preparing to be seated as an independent group in parliament. Upon inquiring about this, 'Sri Lanka Mirror' was told by a senior SLFPer that this was untrue and they would be working with the government.

(Photo courtesy : Ishara Kodikara)