The group of Independent MPs would not join the Government formed under the leadership of Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, National Freedom Front leader, MP Wimal Weerawansa said yesterday.
Addressing the media at a press conference in Colombo, the MP said instead, they would function in the Opposition as an Independent Group.
He said the Independent Group was insisting on the formation of an All-Party Government as a solution to the present crisis, but that proposal lacked the support of the President and the main political Parties in the Opposition. However, Weerawansa said the Independent Group would not accept portfolios in the new Government but would support it when necessary to provide solutions to the grievances of the public. “The appointment of MP Wickremesinghe as the Premier alone would not solve the present crisis. But, someone needs to be in this position to address the issue. Therefore, we would not disturb his path as this is not a time to achieve narrow political agendas”, he added. “We are not ready to let this country go to anarchy or make it politically unstable.We will dedicate to protect the democratic framework in the country while functioning as an Independent Group in the opposition”, the Parliamentarian further said.
Meanwhile, the party leaders of the independent group would decide on their stance on the already moved No Confidence Motion against the President in the morning of May 17, he said.