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* President to make decisive changes in governing
Sun, Feb 11, 2018, 10:43 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Feb 11, Colombo: Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena has disclosed that he is ready to take several decisions that affect the country politically in the next few days.

Minister Susil Premajayantha said the President has requested to make a public statement about his decision announced during a Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) meeting following the local government elections.

A minister who represents the SLFP told BBC Sinhala Service that a meeting between President Maithripala Sirisena and ministers of the Sri Lanka Freedom Party will take place on Sunday (February 11) in order to make decisions regarding the situation that has emerged at the Local Government election.

The Minister said a decision will be taken on whether to stay in the government at that meeting.

Political sources say that the defeat of the two main political parties of the government, the United National Party (UNP) and the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) at Saturday's (February 10) local government election, has created a grave situation.

Political observers say that even though the local government result does not have an impact on the parliamentary composition, the public opinion expressed against the government can have a severe impact on the government's future.

Parliamentarian Dinesh Gunawardena speaking at a media briefing held in Colombo today stated that the government cannot go ahead with the local government election result since the people's mandate given to the government has been abolished.

Under such circumstances, the Joint Opposition urges the President to dissolve parliament and hold parliamentary elections.

Speaking at a joint press conference, the Chairman of the Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP) GL Peiris said that the results of the election show that President Maithripala Sirisena should take steps to hand over the leadership of the SLFP to the former President Mahinda Rajapaksa.

With this defeat, the crisis of leadership in the UNP has resurfaced, especially when the party is in power, and the party leader, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe is responsible for the defeat, a senior minister of the party has told the BBC.

If the UNP is to face an election in the future, the UNP leadership should be changed, the minister said.

Meanwhile, the UNP sources say that the Prime Minister has called for a group of UNP leaders to meet this evening to discuss the new political situation.

 

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