By Aruna Bogahawatte
Parliament would not be dissolved even if the Opposition defeated the government’s vote on account to be presented shortly, Transport and Civil Aviation Minister Nimal Siripala de Silva said, yesterday.
Addressing a media conference, at the SLFP headquarters in Colombo, the Minister said that the Opposition would not be able to muster support enough numbers to defeat government’s vote on account, which would be presented, when the new session of parliament commences, for the first three months of next year and thereafter the government would present a budget proper to parliament, De Silva said.
The minister said that there were provisions for dissolving of parliament in the 19th amendment to the Constitution. As per them, parliament could not be dissolved until the expiry of four-and-a-half years. However, the same amendment provided for the President to appoint a new government and a new prime minister.
As per the provisions of the 19th Amendment there was a possibility of dissolving parliament with the consent of two-thirds of its members.
The UNP could bring in a no-confidence motion but the government was confident that the Opposition would not be able to muster the required numbers for it.
Ports and Shipping Minister Mahinda Samarasinghe also addressed the briefing.