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The President assured that he would not allow the United People’s Freedom Alliance (UPFA) to ally with the United National Party (UNP) to form a government again, UPFA MP Lakshman Yapa Abeywardena said.

Speaking to the Daily Mirror, he said the President expressed these views during a special meeting held with the United People’s Freedom Alliance (UPFA) at the Presidential Secretariat after the Supreme Court ruling today.

Lakshman Yapa said President Maithripala Sirisena reiterated that he will not form Government with Ranil Wickremesinghe.

Daily Mirror learned that the President is reported to have said at the meeting that he would be committed to protect the UPFA from the UNP and requested the UPFA MPs not to ask UNP to form a coalition government.

“The reason as to why I dissolved parliament was to put a full stop to the undemocratic tactics of the UNP. I would take all possible actions to prevent UNP from coming to power again,” the President said.  

Meanwhile, another meeting between the president and the UPFA is scheduled to be held tomorrow night following the Supreme Court ruling that of Mahinda Rajapaksa's appeal against the interim order given by the Court of Appeal barring him and the cabinet from functioning. (Sheain Fernandopulle)


  Comments - 12

  • Dee Thursday, 13 December 2018 11:29 PM

    Mata be! Karanne nehe!. Dennema nehe! Where have I heard this? Some old village movie. Can't remember the name.

    Wise Donkey Thursday, 13 December 2018 11:42 PM

    The best thing left for the president is to resign respectfully.

    DN Thursday, 13 December 2018 11:43 PM

    Who ask UPFA to allay with UNP.

    Tuan Thursday, 13 December 2018 11:43 PM

    Good to hear from you...

    DHA Thursday, 13 December 2018 11:45 PM

    MS please don't complicate things even further now that SC has given a verdict respect it and move on let's meet up on a later stage for elections be patient till then !!!

    gamini Thursday, 13 December 2018 11:47 PM

    He needs to grow up and be a diplomat politician

    Banda Thursday, 13 December 2018 11:52 PM

    Now scores of MPs of SLFP will somersault to take ministerial posts. You have only 11 months and keep quite and go to Polanaruwa and retire.

    Jay Friday, 14 December 2018 12:47 AM

    This bloke is still try to command after losing court case. Let MR and RW resolve.

    Premkumar Friday, 14 December 2018 02:00 AM

    Still anyone care about our President’s assurances?

    Salut Friday, 14 December 2018 02:14 AM

    In other words: I don’t want to be impeached!!!

    Neil Friday, 14 December 2018 02:15 AM

    This guy displayed his true colors during the whole saga. I am not a favorite of Ranil, but he has gentleman qualities.

    raj Friday, 14 December 2018 02:29 AM

    You care more about UPFA more than what is right for ordinary citizens of Sri Lanka. No one forced you to align with RW or UNP. You chose to align with UNF and campaign on that platform. People voted you in the last election on that platform and not on what want now. To honor the dignity of the people, you should resign and for a new mandate.

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