Minister of Education Dr. Wijeyadasa Rajapakshe, told the media in Colombo Tuesday evening that if the vote on account is not approved, there will arise a situation where the government is unable to function.
He said the President can opt to dissolve Parliament to resuscitate the country from an anarchic situation and it is a conventional practice.
His statement assume significance as 19th amendment to constitution has put a bar of four and half years before which parliament cannot be dissolved.
Sri Lankan Parliament will complete its term in August 2020 and cannot be dissolved before February 2020.
But the minister, who was one of the five MPs to switch over to the new government of Mahinda Rajapaksa, said the President had such powers to dissolve Parliament without waiting for four and half years under conventional practices.
It is noteworthy that the new Prime minister has also termed holding of early parliamentary elections as his priority. The new government is expected to bring vote of accounts when parliament convenes on 16 November.