The Cabinet of Ministers hailed the speech made by President Maithripala Sirisena on current political developments. The Daily News reported today (July 16) that President received a warm round of applause from his ministers as he walked into the meeting room at the Presidential Secretariat to hold the weekly Cabinet meeting yesterday.
The Ministers were jubilant over the President's special statement on Tuesday, where he made his position clear on giving nomination to former President Mahinda Rajapaksa to contest under the UPFA ticket. Several senior ministers, before the commencement of the Cabinet meeting, commended his statement which cleared the air over the matter. As the Cabinet meeting ended, the ministers surrounded him again and expressed their pleasure for taking a strong stand against former President Mahinda Rajapaksa, his main rival at the Presidential election in January.
After a brief, casual discussion with the ministers, the President left for Polonnaruwa with Minister Karu Jayasuriya to attend the funeral of Ven. Maldeniye Jinalankara Thera. President Sirisena, before leaving Colombo, sent a note to the SLFP headquarters, through the Administrative Secretary of the party, cancelling the Central Committee meeting scheduled for 8 pm yesterday at the Sri Lanka Foundation. The Central Committee had been convened by SLFP General Secretary Anura Priyadarshana Yapa, without consulting the Chairman of the party.
President Sirisena vetoed the Central Committee meeting using the powers vested in him by the party constitution.
The SLFP General Secretary had received the note while he was at the UPFA Elections Steering Committee meeting attended by former President Mahinda Rajapaksa.
The Colombo District Court issued an order preventing the SLFP from holding its Central Committee meeting, without the approval of the party Chairman.