Eran calls for immediate dissolution of Parliament

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Eran Wickramaratne Eran Wickramaratne

Deputy Minister of Highways and Investment Promotion and United National Party (UNP) MP Eran Wickramaratne has called for the immediate dissolution of Parliament.

Issuing a media release, the deputy minister accused factions of the United People's Freedom Alliance (UPFA) of diluting the 19th Amendment to the Constitution, thereby going against the wishes of the people.

"Factions of the UPFA diluted the Constitutional Council to include a majority of MPs on the Council, completely nullifying the intention of setting up an independent Constitutional Council in the first place. This is the same party that proposed the 17th amendment with a Constitutional Council comprising a majority of non-members of parliament."

Restoring the two term limit, restricting the President's discretion to dissolve parliament from one year after election to 4.5 years and limiting the cabinet to 30, are few of the freedoms gained by the people through the amendment, Wickraramaratne stressed. 

"If this Parliament reflected the mandate of the People given on January 08, the outcome would have been different," he argued. 

According to the deputy minister, the current Parliament has no legitimacy as it reflects the status of the electorate in 2010.

"This Parliament has outlived its mandate by distrupting the President's program which was recently endorsed by the people.  Parliament must be dissolved immediately," he insisted. 


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