According to a request made by Acting President Ranil Wickremesinghe, it is reported that the Samagi Jana Balawegaya is taking steps to nominate Sajith Premadasa as the Prime Minister of the all-party government.
Meanwhile, Member of Parliament Dr. Harsha De Silva said in a Twitter message that according to the request made by Wickremesinghe to the Speaker as Acting President, the Samagi Jana Balawegaya has decided to forward the name for the post of Prime Minister of the all-party government to the Speaker before 10 am tomorrow.
It further states that the opposition parties are holding talks with the government groups today in this regard. Harsha de Silva noted that the name will be referred in agreement with those groups.
Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe had previously informed that he is ready to hand over responsibilities to that government as soon as there is an agreement to form an all-party government.
Further, during a discussion held between the Prime Minister and the Cabinet at the Prime Minister’s Office in Colombo on the 11th, the Cabinet Ministers decided that they are ready to step down from their positions if an all-party government is formed.
Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe had announced to the party leaders on July 09 that he is ready to resign from the post of Prime Minister and give power to an all-party government.
Independent group on thefence
Meanwhile, the Leader reported that the independent group of parliamentariansare still undecided as to who they will support at the vote to appoint a presidenton the 20th.
However, a spokesman for the groupsaid that they would extend their support to a leader who could establish peaceand order in the country in the face of this crisis and establish a democraticrule.
The independent group consists of 16 parliamentarians representing 11 politicalparties.
Dullas down with fever
In addition, Parliamentarian DullasAlahapperuma who was tipped to be a candidate in the running for the post ofpresident on the 20th of July is reportedly down with the viral fluand is under treatment. Under medical advice, Alahapperumahas deactivated his mobile phone at present, it is reported.
His whole family is said to beinfected with the viral fever.
However, he had said that he willnot in any way, support Sujith Premadasa for presidency.