UNP-SLFP reach agreement: Malik

2015-08-26 08:53:47

The United National Party (UNP) today said it had finally reached an agreement with the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) to form a national government for two years.

UNP Chairman Malik Samarawickrama said in a media statement that an agreement had been reached after extensive and cordial discussions with the SLFP.

“The ultimate objective of both parties was to serve the people by moving away from the traditional political culture and ensuring the betterment of the nation without considering ministries and perks associated with them,” the statement said.

Samarawickrama said both parties had to make sacrifices in this endeavor.

Accordingly he said the new government would build a new country within 60 months as it was pledged by the party during elections.

This development came despite contemplation by the UNP to form a government in the event both parties failed to reach an agreement.

Speaking to the Daily Mirror Samarawickrama said there will be 30 Ministers initially divided among the UNP and the SLFP.

However, he said the number of Ministries would be increased with the approval of Parliament as per the 19th Amendment later.

He said the House would have a two day debate on September 3 and 4.  The vote is expected to be taken up on September 4.

Samarawickrama declined to divulge more details on how many ministries each party would get and what those ministries would be. (Yohan Perera)

  Comments - 16

  • God-Ganesh Wednesday, 26 August 2015 14:31

    People of this country should be identify true color of all politicians including junta members

    Reply : 4       19

    Bala Wednesday, 26 August 2015 16:11

    What junta now - junta brothers and sons rule was over since 08 January.

    Reply : 1       18

    Ruban Wednesday, 26 August 2015 14:45

    what mate, peacefully share and eat as much as possible. This is public money , so why bother.

    Reply : 0       19

    gamarala Wednesday, 26 August 2015 15:02

    It is crazy. They want to serve the people but cannot do it without sharing the plum ministries. I think the losers in the endeavor are the Sri Lankans. The SLFP did the typical dirty trick. Used MS to get the Presidency. Used MR to get the seat numbers and then dumped him. Now it is not very long till they dump Ranil and its fledgling government once the usual numbers are negotiated within the two years. Are we nutters or what Sri Lanka!!!!

    Reply : 1       19

    Selfinterest Wednesday, 26 August 2015 15:13

    As long as his ministry is secured, this man will reach at any agreement.

    Reply : 0       14

    John Wednesday, 26 August 2015 15:19

    This will be a waste of effort. A horse and a donkey would not pull together. UNP will learn a bitter lesson.

    Reply : 0       21

    upali Wednesday, 26 August 2015 15:25

    Agreement with SLFP is o.k. but many members elected from UPFA will sit in the opposition?

    Reply : 1       8

    surasena Wednesday, 26 August 2015 21:26

    Of course, that what the people ask them for.

    Reply : 0       0

    Mick Wednesday, 26 August 2015 15:31

    Fine.... Working for betterment of the nation is most welcome but it has to be by elected members by people not rejected members who got second chance through National List

    Reply : 0       16

    Premalal Wednesday, 26 August 2015 15:42

    Politicians from all sides are the shame of this nation.

    Reply : 4       7

    Nihal Amarasekera Wednesday, 26 August 2015 15:57

    Dark clouds all-round, I see a silver lining.

    Reply : 0       2

    patriot (TM) Wednesday, 26 August 2015 16:01

    Are we fools, there is no way SLFP to sign the MOU coz they contested under UPFA and should be UPFA sign the MOU, do not take the voters for the ride, PM and President over to you.

    Reply : 0       5

    Mandy Wednesday, 26 August 2015 16:16

    Whatever happens, even those who become Ministers this time from UPFA, must be investigated if they have committed looting or misused state property, before 08 January and complaints received by BC or FCID.

    Reply : 0       8

    ANTON Wednesday, 26 August 2015 18:28


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    stardust Wednesday, 26 August 2015 19:11

    @John : If a horse gets crossed with a donkey the foal is a mule. Mules are always infertile....

    Reply : 0       3

    Rohana Thursday, 27 August 2015 03:33

    All are patriotic and want to develop the country. All wants to be ministers. Ranil and Maitree dont have any interest and no control to make the cabinet less than 30.

    Reply : 0       1

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