Govt. must seek fresh mandate through general election | Sri Lanka News

Coming up with mixed reactions on fuel market libaralization, Central Bank amendment Bill and agreement with IMF, two SJB MPs today said the government should seek a fresh mandate through a general election for the rest of the economic and political reforms.

SJB MP Harsha de Silva told a media briefing that government should seek a fresh mandate for the rest of the reforms through a general election. Dr. de Silva came up with this remark in response to a question raised by journalists as to whether he is to accept the Finance Minister's post shortly. “It was minister Harin Fernando and others who are coming up with this kind of stories.

However, I would say that the government should seek a fresh mandate through a general election before implementing rest of the reforms,” he said.

“Liberalising the retail fuel sales market is a welcome move, as it would pave the way for competition. However it should be a win-win situation for all including Petroleum Corporation employees,” he added.

MP Eran Wickramaratne said there are both positive and negative aspects on IMF agreement and on the Central Bank Amendment Bill. ” Central Bank Amendment Bill needs some changes to ensure more credibility while some amendments should be made to IMF agreements as well,” he said.

Both the parliamentarians welcomed the positive fuel price revision (Yohan Perera)

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