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The President, and all political leaders represented in the Legislature, collectively pledge to form a bi-partisan representative National Council of not more than 25 Cabinet Ministers (no Deputy nor State Ministers) selected from all parties to govern the country over the next 14 months, and further agree to place the long-term interests of the nation and its people as the first priority in the governance during such period, as well as arrange Presidential Elections and Parliamentary / Provincial Council Elections to be held in January 2020 on a single day, and for that purpose pass any required resolutions in Parliament.

  • The Council of Ministers will all be without specific portfolios and specific functions. 
  • The respective Ministries are to be run under the directions and control of the respective Ministry Secretaries, on policy directives of the Collective Council of Ministers. 

The main tasks of the new cabinet council of ministers will be to take all essential and priority steps to:

  • Re-establish and demonstrate that an effectively functioning Government is in place, and all steps taken herein after will strictly conform to the provisions of the Constitution and international conventions and commitments, with effective good governance, ensuring peace, harmony, rule of law and justice.
  • Have in place a national budget that ensures equitable distribution of national resources, allocated on a fair, reasonable, and essential need basis, in line with expected economic outcomes that significantly impact on poverty eradication and meeting Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), with special safety nets for marginalised groups.
  • Have in place an effective and risks-mitigated national plan to manage the National Debt, with emphasis on external debt, balance of payment stability, international rating improvement, and control over exchange rates and inflation.
  • Agree on consistent, long-standing socioeconomic policies, which will attract investment, technology/skills transfer, and full employment.
  • Ensure sustainable long-term impacting resolution of the national question, demand for devolution, and the conflicts linked to transitional justice issues, which will foster harmony, and lower ethnic divides.
  • Re-establish the international acceptance and international support for Sri Lanka as a non-aligned sovereign nation.
  • Effectively empower the law enforcement authorities and Judiciary to totally independently deal with all violators of the law, bribe takers, the corrupt, and those responsible for money laundering and state assets misappropriations.
  • Strengthen the independent public institutions and regulators, and empower effective good governance.
  • Ensure effective and efficient delivery of education, health, and infrastructure services at optimum costs, to meet the demands of the market and households, so as to assure full employment and sustainable and liveable household incomes, and the welfare of the marginalised segments.
  • Protect the environment, ecology and natural resources.
  • Embed a new leadership culture that will result in persons of integrity, capability, and acceptable values being selected and elected to office in governance and the Executive, and to extend this culture to all generations of young and elderly, who will develop such work ethics and societal values that will prevail and lead to oneness as citizens of Sri Lanka.

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