Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe obtained the consent of President Maithripala Sirisena to form a UNP government in place of the current unity government between the United National Party (UNP) and the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP), a source close to the UNP said today.
The Prime Minister met the President in the wake of the February 10 local council elections which saw the defeat of both the UNP and the SLFP.
Sources close to the Prime Minister told Daily Mirror that the President had informed Prime Minister Wickremesinghe to form a government if he could muster a majority in the House.
The President had also informed the Prime Minister that he would request the MPs who want to remain in the SLFP to join the UNP if it could muster a majority.
Sources said the UNP would reveal the details of its majority by Thursday, February 15.
It was also reported that the other parties in the United National Front (UNF) had also agreed to form a UNP-led government.
The Tamil National Alliance (TNA), which is the main opposition in Parliament is also said to be prepared to support the government but would not accept any ministerial portfolios. (Yohan Perera)
sigiriya Monday, 12 February 2018 18:50
Excellent! This Local Government Election has provided us with clear evidence as to the traitors who enjoy the perks of being in the Government whilst working against it.They are traitors to the Nation!
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Sanju Monday, 12 February 2018 18:54
Ranil MUST resign. There is no way forward under him. But of course the dolt can't see that.
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NJ Monday, 12 February 2018 18:54
Finally good move, lets show the strength !
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Voter Monday, 12 February 2018 19:03
Let us see the details of majority. But if the main promise of the last general election namely catching
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Upul Monday, 12 February 2018 19:04
Ranil, Your time has come to step down and give the leadership to an efficient , honest and a young UNP'er. Please do not ruin the party anymore.
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Marcus Monday, 12 February 2018 21:23
If this news is true. it confirms again that Sirisena left SLFP and unofficially joined UNP in 2015. What ever it is, the expiry date of this government is a few months away.
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GH Tuesday, 13 February 2018 13:59
Mr. PM, Please, pack your bag and baggage only to head home in a decent manner. Public spoke out clearly rejecting your unity government.
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Martin Milton Tuesday, 13 February 2018 14:11
One wonders as to if ANY of this is true? MM
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Basil Sunday, 18 February 2018 10:18
It's a good idea Ranil but with a nother man as head.I suggest MrPremadasa who has a grassroot upbringing. otherwise general election results will be the same as the local one. you can be the head, Ranil if you are capable of making drastic changes as promised at the General elections, which the people of the country thought would happen.
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