National Govt. from tomorrow
UNF-SLFP to function as a united front for two
To work on 9 identified areas:
50 UPFA members to join new administration :
The proposed consensus government between the United National Front (UNF)
for Good Governance and the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) will be
formalized with over 70 members being sworn in tomorrow (24). The new
consensus government – the first of its kind in Sri Lanka – is likely to
enjoy an absolute majority, with over 50 out of 95 parliamentarians
representing the Untied Peoples’ Freedom Alliance (UPFA) expected to be
included in the new administration.
The United National Front (UNF) enjoys 106 seats in the Parliament.
Top political sources said it was initially agreed to limit the
Cabinet to 30 ministers and 40 deputies, but given that both political
parties have near equal representation, the number of deputies may be
increased by September 1, the day the Eight Parliament is scheduled to
The consensus government will function as a united front for a period
of two years, as per the understanding reached between the two main
political forces on August 21.
During the two-year period, it has been agreed that government
members will not switch parties. While the MoU would automatically lapse
on 21 August 2017, the period can be further extended if agreement is
reached between both the political parties.
The main political parties have agreed to work as a ‘common front’ on
nine identified areas including the safeguarding of fundamental
freedoms, fighting corruption, economic agenda, promotion of health and
education, protection of women and child rights, promotion of the arts
and culture, commitment to a non-aligned foreign policy that fosters
goodwill with the global community as one, making key decisions with
regard to the developmental agenda including projects and to commemorate
the founders of both the political parties.