All-party gov a non-starter?

Government sources claim an all-party government will be unlikely given the current situation.

According to sources this is because the Samagi Jana Balawegaya, National People’s Power, Sri Lanka Freedom Party and Tamil National Alliance seem unlikely to join the government as political parties.

Because of this, the President has turned his focus on implementing an all-party program instead of an all-party government.

It is reported that the President has held discussions with all political parties in parliament except the National People's Power and obtained their proposals.

Another discussion chaired by the Prime Minister was held in Parliament on 12 August. But sources said that this discussion had also ended without a solution.

Currently some parties have agreed to take on Ministerial portfolios while others have refused. Some parties have agreed to not join the government but support it while remaining on the outside.

It is reported that President Ranil Wickremesinghe has explained the facts at the meeting of the ruling party MPs group.

The proposals given by the parties will be given to each party and it is planned to prepare the program by taking comments next week. 18 ministerial posts of the existing government have been appointed so far. The number of ministers and state ministers can also increase due to the arrival of MPs from different political parties sources said.

However, it is also reported that the state ministers will take oaths next week.Meanwhile, the sources added that more than 15 MPs, including senior members of the Samagi Jana Balawegaya, are ready to support the President's program.