UNP alleges coup attempt, efforts to appoint new PM

22 August 2019 07:46 am - 8     - {{hitsCtrl.values.hits}}


Efforts are being made to create another constitutional coup similar to that of the one on October 26 last year and to appoint a new premier, UNP MPs Ashu Marasinghe and Palitha Range Bandara alleged yesterday.

Speaking at a media briefing, the MPs said creating a division within the UNP was part of the conspiracy.

“It is only President Maithripala Sirisena who has an issue with regard to the forthcoming presidential election. He is concerned over his survival when his tenure culminates. He is keen on getting a candidate elected to presidency in a bid to ensure his survival. He is all out to create divisions within the UNP,” MP Range Bandara said, adding that the UNP could not be sabotaged by divisions as those who left the party in the past had found themselves in the wilderness.

Meanwhile, MP Marasinghe said he was prepared to withdraw his signature from the list of MPs who inked a document seeking the Prime Minister to convene the UNP working committee and parliamentary group to choose a presidential candidate. “I will withdraw the signature if it were confirmed that the campaign was part of a conspiracy,” he said.

Both MPs said they would work for any candidate named by the party, whether it be Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, Minister Sajith Premadasa, Speaker Karu Jayasuriya or Field Marshal Sarath Fonseka. (Yohan Perera)

  Comments - 8

  • Ur Thursday, 22 August 2019 09:11 AM

    Constitutional crisis, Shavendra de S and a coup, Great!!!

    Haneef Thursday, 22 August 2019 09:35 AM

    Fonseka a looser, ranil alooser , karu a looser why unp is going behained this felowers thingking muslims vote and tamil vote. No muslims will vote ranil, karu, or fonseka, all are work against muslims, ranil in digana , karu in kal eliya, fonseka said sri lanka not belong to muslims, so no muslims vote for them

    Sando Thursday, 22 August 2019 11:12 AM

    Appears to be confused. Sorry for them. Not a private asset. A Country.

    People Thursday, 22 August 2019 11:13 AM

    Coup...coup. ...coup People will revaluanise if Ranil

    Manu Thursday, 22 August 2019 12:40 PM

    May be MPs Ashu Marasinghe and Palitha Range Bandara are the one behind the coup attempt. Of course country needs a new PM and not this old RW whose brain is dried out now. This will be the greatest blessing for the country.

    S Fernando Thursday, 22 August 2019 01:17 PM

    It looks like it's Sajith vs Central bank money. Who will emerge victorious? Ofcourse the money.

    Yehiya Thursday, 22 August 2019 01:22 PM

    New leader must be a civil servant

    WARNING Friday, 23 August 2019 12:03 PM

    Hope the MS (the GS) does not burn his fingers once more !

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