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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2702

Field Marshal Sarath Fonseka – The new national list UNP MP

Colombo, 09 February, (Asiantribune.com):

The United National Party’s working committee decided to nominate Field Marshal Sarath Fonseka through the nationalist to the parliament, to fill the vacated parliament seat of M.K.A.D.S Gunawardena.

It was reported that Field Marshal Fonseka was among those who were proposed to fill the vacancy created by the recent demise of Minister M. K. A. D. S Gunawardene.

Amidst objections by Justice Minister Wijeyadasa Rajapaksa, the UNP Working Committee yesterday endorsed the appointment of Democratic Party Leader, Field Marshal Sarath Fonseka to Parliament via the National List.

The Justice Minister said that it was wrong to appoint defeated candidates as MPs via the National List.

However, Fonseka, who lost the last parliamentary election which he contested from the Colombo District, pointed out that there was nothing wrong in the procedure being adopted. "Some of the UPFA candidates lost at the last general election because the Mahinda Rajpaksa faction campaigned against them and sabotaged their chances. That was why President Maithripala Sirisena appointed them to Parliament on the National List. It was done to rectify an injustice caused by a section of their own alliance."

In the meantime, the Working Committee of the United National Party (UNP) yesterday approved Field Marshal Sarath Fonseka for the parliamentary seat left vacant by the death of Minister M.K.A.D.S. Gunawardena, UNP acting General Secretary Akila Viraj Kariyawasam says.

This came after Field Marshal Fonseka the signed a MOU with the UNP led United National Front (UNF) last week at Temple Trees in Colombo.

The agreement was signed by Fonseka as the leader of the Democratic Party and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe as the UNP leader.

The two leaders exchanged agreements for the Democratic Party to join the United National Front (UNF), the coalition led by the UNP.

It was reported that Field Marshal Fonseka was among those who were proposed to fill the vacancy created by the recent demise of Minister M. K. A. D. S Gunawardene.

Meanwhile, the Secretary General Parliament, Dammika Dassanayake told Daily Mirror that no swearing in had been arranged yet for this week in parliament. Parliament will meet on Tuesday February 9, 2016. He said the House had not received a gazette notification from the Commissioner of Elections in order to make preparations to swear in a new MP.

- Asian Tribune –

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