UPFA and SLFP request President to appoint new PM

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The United People’s Freedom Alliance (UPFA) requested President Maithripala Sirisena today to take steps to appoint a new Prime Minister who can muster the majority support in Parliament.

UPFA MP Sports Minister Dayasiri Jayasekara told Daily Mirror yesterday that party Secretary Fisheries Minister Mahinda Amaraweera and Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) National Organizer Science and Technology Minister Susil Premajayantha had made this request from the President in writing.

Mr. Jayasekara also revealed that the UPFA had decided to propose the name of Transport Minister Nimal Siripala de Silva for the post of Prime Minister.

The letter says, “The UNP and the SLFP agreed to form the national unity government only for two years. That period has now lapsed. During this period, UNP leader Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe oversaw subjects such as constitution making, foreign affairs, judicial matters, economic matters and law and order. Though it was difficult for us to agree to some decisions taken by the Prime Minister, we adhered to them as we were collectively bound. Instead of taking action against corruption and fraud as discussed during the election, it is not a secret that a major fraud, namely the Central Bank bond scam, took place with the knowledge of the Prime Minister.”

The two ministers wrote that people gave a verdict against the government for going against the norms and principles of good governance.

They said it was unacceptable to allow the Prime Minister to continue to rule the country given the extremely small mandate received by his party at the recently concluded LG polls.


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  • Surasena Wednesday, 14 February 2018 08:59 PM

    Who would be the man; Susil, Anura, Amaraweera, Duminda, SB or Siripala?? Just have some sense and let Ranil to finish what he has initiated. UPFA is a part and parcel of the present administration which the people oppose with a warning. Just understand the gravity of this red-light and maneuver the government on proper route.

    Janaya Wednesday, 14 February 2018 10:38 PM

    Siripala is always sleeping. So.....!!

    Banda Wednesday, 14 February 2018 11:53 PM

    Friends, tables have turned upside down by now for the biggest bandits at long last:

    shanthapriya Thursday, 15 February 2018 09:47 AM

    absolutely true. what a pathetic decision making by UPFA. This ensure more and more votes for SLPP next time

    bigmama Thursday, 15 February 2018 10:21 AM

    Yes. At least let Ranil to give free wi fi

    AshyD Thursday, 15 February 2018 10:36 AM

    A JOKER like Nimal Siripala, as PM. Ha! Ha!

    Nina Kamal Thursday, 15 February 2018 11:50 AM

    Yes, Ranil should complete what he set fourth! Agree NO to Siripala

    sxrp5m Wednesday, 14 February 2018 09:04 PM

    Interesting. UPFA got 8.9% of the votes, SLFP got 4.5% and trying to dictate terms to the UNP that got 32.6%.

    sach Wednesday, 14 February 2018 09:13 PM

    There is another one with 45%. There is no moral right for UNP to stay in power

    johan Wednesday, 14 February 2018 09:36 PM

    UNP should have won the election very easily if it had investigated all corruption/murder charges etc thoroughly without covering under their carpet as intimated by the President.Now UNP leadership has put both parties in trouble

    ralahamy Wednesday, 14 February 2018 10:19 PM

    It is not strange that these two are at PM's throat. Even before the election they were attacking UNP and the PM. But they have conveiently forgotten the simple truth. This election is for local bodies, and not a contest for the OM seat. Anyway, now that they have come out of their mask, it will be wise for the PM to kick them out of the cabinet instread wasting public money on them. Reduce the Cabinet size to a reasonable limit.

    Janathawa Wednesday, 14 February 2018 10:41 PM

    What is the moral right the UPFA and SLFP have to ask for the PM to be removed?

    Cluless Thursday, 15 February 2018 01:33 AM

    True. This government played to the hands of MR If they can't prove corruption then the masses will only know MR as the man who provided leadership to win the war.

    dilma Thursday, 15 February 2018 01:55 AM

    GRAMA SEVAKA level win is not a country WIN

    SPOT on Thursday, 15 February 2018 09:26 AM

    @ Johan, you are great in your comment. I totally agree with you as many.

    Premalal Thursday, 15 February 2018 09:28 AM

    RW do not have to worry. MR will come to his rescue. These two are two sides of the same coin. RW safeguards MR and vice versa.

    roshan Wednesday, 14 February 2018 09:15 PM

    They must be wanting MR to be made the PM

    Ex-Voter Wednesday, 14 February 2018 10:43 PM

    Why does not the President ask the SLPP to form a Government with the 44% of votes obtained for LG bodies?

    SN Thursday, 15 February 2018 10:20 AM

    And RW likes to be LEADER OF OPPOSITION

    Ceylon Wednesday, 14 February 2018 09:34 PM

    Need a new pm with strong will and honesty.but who are these corrupt slfp group to ask new pm?.they lost the election to 6.

    PS Thursday, 15 February 2018 11:25 AM

    Why MR is there your beloved leader let him start where he his clan left off

    Premalal Wednesday, 14 February 2018 09:56 PM

    This country is being dragged down to the gutter by a bunch of so called politicians who care nothing about the country but only interested in their power to serve themselves with the best in life be it duty free vehicles, pensions allowances and other perks and moreover seeks to plunder at every given opportunity.

    Gayan Wednesday, 14 February 2018 10:27 PM

    Hold general election to sortout this mess one way or the other.

    Man Thursday, 15 February 2018 10:27 AM

    According to the Sri Lankan constitution, the General Election must be held, every five years and not according to the whims and fancies of any individual. And promises can be met before the lapse of the term, in office.

    Rohini Wednesday, 14 February 2018 11:06 PM

    The law and order minister must be changed wrong man for the job. Every one is talking about the phycopath bus drivers and the way they drive ... where is the law to put them in the right path. See how often you see Constable stalking on the phone and the bus Drivers drive right through red lights ... the president must take serious note of this and take action ... another reason why the people did not want to vote.

    Edward Wednesday, 14 February 2018 11:27 PM

    Mr. sach,I am sure you are joking when you suggest to appoint somebody who got 44 % votes in the local government elections has the moral right to become the Prime Minister. Either both of you are day dreaming or know little about the country's constitution.

    PV Thursday, 15 February 2018 12:33 PM

    Further more he has the support of only 52 members in the 225 member parliament.

    Nelum Thursday, 15 February 2018 12:57 AM

    UPFA and SLFP are dead. They got only 14% of the total vote. What authority do they have to claim the premiership?

    Appu Thursday, 15 February 2018 04:22 AM

    These people planning to bring Ali Baba as prime minister.

    ravi Thursday, 15 February 2018 02:12 PM

    You prefer Arjun Baba?

    Buddhist Thursday, 15 February 2018 05:20 AM


    Kumara Dharmarathne Thursday, 15 February 2018 08:43 AM

    Ms. Mahinda Amaraweera,Susil Premajayantha,Dayasiri Jayasekara, According to your own theory, President (MS) should have resigned by now and made the way for former President, Mahinda Rajapaksa to form the government,because you guys were totally rejected by the people. President must a be model to others. Please also,you guys should learn to talk the truth.

    Unchikun Thursday, 15 February 2018 08:50 AM

    Reading the comments many people have forgotten that the UNP came into power piggybacking my President. The UNP can not win a election with Ranil as the leader. What the UNP needs to do is to get a young and energetic leader with vision and charisma. That is it.

    pathumk Thursday, 15 February 2018 09:28 AM

    After electing more than half of fools to the parliament don't expect any good news. Poor people in Sri Lanka

    fareed Thursday, 15 February 2018 09:37 AM

    Logically speaking, if they want a new Prime Minister then they also need a new president because president could not get enough SLFP vote. These UPFA and SLFPers are going to endanger the UNP relations with the President. President has no ground to stand if UNP is antagonized. The SLFP ministers are playing a double game, they normally maintain one leg on the MR supporters and the other leg on the leg on SLFP. These guys are going to betray the President.

    nalla Thursday, 15 February 2018 10:09 AM

    Seasonal joke.

    satha Thursday, 15 February 2018 10:22 AM

    sajith is the peoples choice

    Brainmaster Thursday, 15 February 2018 11:24 AM

    Sleepy Siripala as PM Excellent. via DM Android App

    Nina Kamal Thursday, 15 February 2018 11:56 AM

    All roads lead to Rome, and Rome fell.

    Dhammika Thursday, 15 February 2018 12:20 PM

    YES , If RANIL countinues UNP will have to change its name to RNP . ( Royal National Party )

    mali Thursday, 15 February 2018 01:15 PM

    All are big talkers with no back bone.

    Oh! Man Thursday, 15 February 2018 01:33 PM

    Sirisena and Siripala ? .. Supiri !!

    Ceylon Thursday, 15 February 2018 01:38 PM

    Sirisena got 6% and ranil got 33%.howcome sirisena change ranil???.sirisena is totaly rejected by people and slfp voters.you are a piece of garbage now.resign.

    fareed Thursday, 15 February 2018 03:26 PM

    JO propaganda.

    LAL Thursday, 15 February 2018 03:03 PM

    Dear Sri lankans, What about this combination for new government >>> 44.69% 32.61% = 77.3% MR

    CITIZEN Thursday, 15 February 2018 03:47 PM

    Better, appoint Dilan Perera as Prime Minister!

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