New Democratic Front (NDF) presidential candidate Sajith Premadasa said once voted into office he would appoint a new prime minister who he felt could command a majority in parliament.
“I will not include any individual accused of corruption in my ministerial cabinet,” he said making a special announcement at a private TV station.
His remarks came after Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe recently told reporters that he would continue to remain in his position as PM during Premadasa’s tenure as president as well.
The NDF candidate emphasised that he would appoint a cabinet of ministers comprising of young and skilled individuals who would publicly declare their assets and liabilities.
He said he would conduct the parliamentary elections at “the earliest”, and appoint a “stable government” that would see only professionals and women entering parliament through the national list.
“Nepotism and the old corrupt political system should end. Authoritarian politics which sees individuals clinging onto power by use of force or violence should end,” Premadasa said.