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United National Party (UNP) yesterday said it is contemplating bringing in an impeachment on President Maithripala Sirisena but had not made any final decision on it.

UNP MP Sujeewa Senasinghe told a media briefing at Temple Trees that an idea has been mooted to bring in an impeachment motion but no final decision has been made on it.

“ Some have proposed an impeachment motion on President but no decision has been made on it,” Mr. Senasinghe said.

At the same time he said his party is willing to hand over the reigns to a new Prime Minister if it manages to show a majority in the House in a decent manner. “ We will go home if the matter is sorted out in a decent manner after convening Parliament,” he said.

He also said this is a matter which concerns all citizens of the country and not an issue which only UNP leader is facing. “We urged the people to fight for their sovereignty in the midst of this political court,” he added.

Referring to the defections from UNP, he said this was natural as former President will try to woo MPs to obtain a majority in Parliament. “Some might be even bought over for money,” he said while highlighting that UNP still have a majority in Parliament. He said UNF definitely has a majority in the House and will prove it shortly.

Nalin Bandara Jayamaha who referred to a question raised by the journalists as to whether there was a move to arrest Mr. Wickremesinghe on the attempt to assassinate President Sirisena, said there is a proper procedure for such a thing. “You cannot arrest anyone without proper evidence,” he said. (Yohan Perera)

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  • Ravin Monday, 29 October 2018 08:38 AM

    This would have been done some time ago. you're leader sleeping all the while. Let him to sleep for good now. Country at chaos.

    Sid Monday, 29 October 2018 09:14 AM

    Is this instructions coming from Amma?

    nsathees Monday, 29 October 2018 09:16 AM

    Sacking PM or impeaching President is impossible with current MP counts!If MR fails to prove majority and become PM, then JO might join hand with RW (to make the 2/3 needed) to impeach President.

    Ram Monday, 29 October 2018 09:27 AM

    Nsathees comment is plausible. In the UNP there are people who came from SLFP under MR regime. MR can threaten them with files in MR possession to get their votes.

    shiran Monday, 29 October 2018 09:51 AM

    Mr Minister, UNP always lived in a wonderland of Alice. Be practical, first get out of this mess and establish your power within the parliament and the minds of the people. This will be a very good opportunity for UNP as people of the country do not want to see misuse of power by anybody. those who criticized UNP and RW, now show their displeasure of how he was unseated. Wish you all handled the situation in a strategic and long sighted manner.

    naufer Monday, 29 October 2018 10:16 AM

    former minister serasinghe how many corrupted people you bring to justice ? you are just talking only , no body believe your story now .

    Jude Monday, 29 October 2018 10:22 AM

    Someone must execute the plot plan !!??

    Gamaya Monday, 29 October 2018 11:06 AM

    M R

    Yahiya Monday, 29 October 2018 11:50 AM

    First Get signature from Sajith

    johan Monday, 29 October 2018 12:12 PM

    Be practical do not be soothsayers

    Sil Monday, 29 October 2018 12:26 PM

    Good idea, everybody can know everythingf

    sigiriya Monday, 29 October 2018 01:41 PM

    I wont be surprised if MR and Co too support the impeachment of the President

    Dperera Monday, 29 October 2018 09:07 PM

    Once impeached the president, Prime minister will become the president. Such a good idea.


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