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Move against Cabinet defeated in SPC

A move presented by Southern Provincial Councillor Nalin Hewage (JVP) at the council meeting held on Tuesday denouncing the formation of a huge Cabinet of ministers in defiance of provisions stipulated in the 19th Amendment to the Constitution and compelling the government to reduce the number of cabinet ministers was defeated by a majority of six votes.

Chairman Somawansa Kodagoda presided over the meeting.

Tabling the proposal, Hewage told the House that forming a big Cabinet of ministers was counter to the people's mandate, the provisions of the Constitution and also to the world's recognition and custom. He said the forming of cabinet portfolios was illogical and unscientific.

People have not given a mandate at the previous election to form a national government either to the United National Party or the United People's Freedom Alliance.

There is no valid political, social or national crisis that warrants a national government, the JVP councillor said.

Opposition Leader Tennakoon Nilame, Chief Opposition Whip Asoka Danawansa and councillors T. K. Gamini (UNP) and Jayantha Jayaweera (UNP) spoke in defiance to the proposal.

Only four Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna councillors voted in favour of the move while 10 councillors representing the United National Party and Democratic Party voted against it. UPFA councillors abstained from voting.