Mahinda Rajapaksa says interim government is formed to force a general election

Prime Minister of Sri Lanka's purported government Mahinda Rajapaksa today claiming that he is the leader of the largest group of MPs in Parliament and they have only an interim government called for a general election to enable the people to elect a stable government.Issuing a media release, the former president explained that they did not form a government to continuously administer the country but to hold a general election and the President appointed him as the Prime Minister only after things reached a stage where "he had absolutely no other option.""When the government is entrusted to me in such circumstances, I cannot in all fairness, shun the responsibility," Rajapaksa said.Most venerable members of the Maha Sangha, Clergymen of all religions, People of Sri Lanka, and friends,In my speech in Parliament on the 15th of November, I proposed to all political parties that we agree among overselves to hold a general election to enable the people to exercise their sovereign right to elect a government of their choice. the JVP agreed but the UNP has been evasively saying that we should hold a presidential election instead of a general election. The problem is in the Parliament. Hence there is no need to hold a presidential election at this stage. No party obtained a clear majority at the general election held in August 2015. The UNP obtained 106 seats, the UPFA obtained 96. The difference was just 10 seats............................


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