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* Emergency meeting between President and UNP Ministers on NCM ends without a solution
Mon, Apr 2, 2018, 10:03 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Apr 02, Colombo: The emergency meeting held between President Maithripala Sirisena and the United National Front (UNF) Ministers on Monday (2 April) night on the no-confidence motion against Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe by the Joint Opposition has ended without a solution.

However, after exchanging ideas at the meeting held at the President's official residence today, the President has agreed to hold further discussions with the Ministers of the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) and the United National Party (UNP) on Tuesday (April 03).

During the meeting today, the UNP ministers have asked the President regarding the stand taken by SLFP ministers on the no-confidence motion against the Prime Minister.

The President has conveyed the views expressed by various parties regarding the no-confidence motion to the UNP ministers at the meeting and said that he would meet with them after discussing with several other parties tomorrow.

Deputy General Secretary of UNP, Education Minister Akila Viraj Kariyawasam said a question was also raised regarding a new program for the continuation of the national government and the discussion with the President was positive.

Meanwhile, a UNF minister, who spoke to the BBC Sinhala service about the discussion has said that the President was of the view that if the UNP attempts to win the no-confidence motion with the support of the Tamil National Alliance it may be misconstrued by the public.

However, Finance Minister Mangala Samaraweera has pointed out that the President was also elected with the assistance of the TNA.

The President changing his stance somewhat at that time, however, has reportedly insisted that there should be a significant change in the government.

According to BBC, the President has also acknowledged that there are conflicting views among the SLFP members regarding the no-confidence motion.

While more SLFP MPs are in favor of the no-confidence motion, "some" have a moderate stand and a few are supporting the UNP, the President has said.

The SLFP has not yet announced its official position on the no-confidence motion. However, SLFP General Secretary Minister Duminda Dissanayake recently told the BBC Sinhala service that he personally opposes it.


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