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* Sri Lanka main opposition party agrees to form national government with ruling UNP
Thu, Aug 20, 2015, 07:11 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Aug 20, Colombo: Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP), led by President Maithripala Sirisena on Thursday agreed to form a national government with the United National Party (UNP) led by Prime Minister Ranil Wickremasinghe.

The SLFP has decided to support the winner of this Monday's parliamentary election to forma stable coalition government at least for a period of two years.

The decision was taken when the President as the chairman of the party met with the SLFP central committee members today. Former President Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga also attended the meeting.

Former opposition leader MP-elect Nimal Siripala de Silva said the SLFP will work with the UNP in a coalition government at least for two years. If the concept is successful the SLFP will continue and if not they will withdraw at the end of the two years.

The central committee has decided to appoint a six member committee under former president Kumaratunga to formulate a policy framework to facilitate the process. It has also been decided to sign a memorandum of understanding with the UNP on a coalition government.

The United National Front led by the UNP won Monday's parliamentary election on Monday by securing 106 seats but fell seven seats short of the majority in the 225 member parliament.

Wickremasinghe who will be sworn as the Prime Minister for the fourth time Wednesday appealed to the other political parties to join the UNP to form a national government.

However, the main Tamil party, Tamil National Alliance with 16 seats and the Marxist party Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna with six seats in the parliament have indicated that they would not join a coalition government.

 


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