According to internal sources, a number of major parties have already agreed to appoint former Speaker Karu Jayasuriya to the post of Prime Minister of the National Unity Interim Government.
The National Unity Interim Government is to be formed in accordance with the 13 proposals submitted by the Bar Association of Sri Lanka to the Chief Incumbents and the main opposition Samagi Jana Balawegaya had agreed to the resolution yesterday (07).
President Gotabhaya Rajapaksa had yesterday morning formally invited the Leader of the Opposition Sajith Premadasa to take over as Prime Minister. Sajith Premadasa had stated that he could not take a single decision in this regard and that the decision would be announced after discussions with his party.
Accordingly, the group including the members of the Samagi Jana Balawegaya who met yesterday afternoon have discussed at length and agreed to form a national government as per the proposal of the Bar Association of Sri Lanka.
It is said that Sajith Premadasa has stated that he will not accept the post of Prime Minister, since it is a national government formed with the participation of all parties in Parliament, it is more important to appoint a person who is acceptable to all than a leader of a single party who becomes the Prime Minister.
Sources say that a number of key parties including the Samagi Jana Balawegaya, the Bar Association of Sri Lanka, the Mahanayake Theras and the Maha Sangha have agreed that Karu Jayasuriya is the most suitable person for this.
Sri Lanka in particular is currently facing the worst economic crisis in its history. It is clear that a leader who is experienced, mature, has good relations with the international community, who has no allegations of corruption, who is out of party politics, and who is acceptable to all is essential to lead the process of overcoming it. International support is extremely crucial at this moment and the fate of 20 million people will depend on it.
Therefore, many parties have agreed that Karu Jayasuriya is currently the best option for Sri Lanka to work together and provide leadership to meet this challenge.
According to sources, Samagi Jana Balawegaya National List MP Mayantha Dissanayake has proposed to resign to get Karu Jayasuriya elected to Parliament. Sources further said that Harin Fernando has also informed that he is ready to give the parliamentary seat on behalf of Karu Jayasuriya if necessary.