July 19, Colombo: The key constituent party of ruling alliance, Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) has decided to expel the party members who are charged with sexually abusing children from the party and cancel their posts in government.
General Secretary of the SLFP Maithreepala Sirisena said at a press conference today the decision applies to party members of both parliament and local government institutions.
The government has decided to appoint a new chairman for the Akuressa Pradeshiya Sabha to replace the current chairman who has been accused of allegedly raping a 14 year old girl.
The chairman, Liyanage Sunil (48), who is suspected of sexually abusing the child at a lodge belonging to him in May of this year, is in remand custody following his surrender to the authorities over the crime.
In a separate incident a ruling party local government councilor of Tangalle Urban Council has been charged with the rape of a 13-year-old girl.
The involvement of ruling party politicians in heinous crimes, especially in the Southern Province, has come under severe criticism from opposition political parties as well as from the public and the public uproar has forced the party to take action against those politicians who are tarnishing the image of the party.