Sudden letter from Independent MPs to the President

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A proposal to establish an all-party interim government was recently submitted to President Gotabhaya Rajapaksa by independent parliamentarians.

They have pointed out that the environment should be created to alleviate the unrest of the people, restore the lives of the people and give them the opportunity to elect a government of their choice.

Former President Maithripala Sirisena on behalf of the Sri Lanka Freedom Party, former Minister Vasudeva Nanayakkara on behalf of the ten pro-government parties, Sri Lanka People’s Front MPs Anura Priyadarshana Yapa and Wijayadasa Rajapaksa have signed the agreement.

The letter they sent to the President contained 11 proposals as an immediate step.

Here are some of the ones I found to be interesting:

  1. Establishment of a National Executive Council consisting of the leaders of the political parties represented in Parliament to take policy decisions of the Government.
  2. Determining the limited number of Ministries and their scope by the National Executive Council on a logical basis necessary to maintain the interim government.
  3. Appointment of a new Prime Minister by the President on the instructions of the National Executive Council.
  4. Appointment of a limited Cabinet by the President on the instructions of the National Executive Council.
  5. Appointment of Secretaries to Ministries by the President on the instructions of the National Executive Council
  6. Cutting ministers’ salaries and other privileges
  7. Appointment of an Advisory Board consisting of experts for each Ministry by the National Executive Council.
  8. Ensuring adequate supply of medicines, essential food, electricity, petroleum, gas, fertilizers and other agricultural inputs and industrial inputs.
  9. Appointment of a National Economic Council by the President on the recommendation of the National Executive Council to find a solution to the current economic crisis.
  10. Repeal of the Twentieth Amendment and re-enactment of the 19th Amendment with appropriate amendments.
  11. To formulate national policies with the participation of professionals and scholars over a period of six months, which will not change with the change of government that the country has needed for decades for subjects such as education, health, agriculture and energy.
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