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* Sri Lanka President's party decides to stay in unity government ending political crisis
Mon, Feb 19, 2018, 08:05 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Feb 19, Colombo: The Sri Lanka Freedom Party led by (SLFP led by President Maithripala Sirisena on Monday decided to stay in the unity government with the Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe's United National Party (UNP) ending the political crisis resulted after the local government elections.

Spokesman for SLFP and Minister of Social Empowerment, S. B. Dissanayake said the SLFP and the coalition United People's Freedom Alliance (UPFA) led by SLFP unanimously decided to remain in the unity government and work with the President ending the uncertainty over the future of their coalition.

A discussion was held between the President and the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) members at the Presidential Secretariat today to discuss the current political situation.

Minister Dissanayake said at the meeting President Sirisena has stressed that as a government several firm decisions will be made in the future and will make changes in the cabinet of ministers.

"We will not leave the unity government. We decided to make major changes within the government. We will remain with our decision to make those changes and do what is necessary," Dissanayake told media after meeting the President.

The political crisis precipitated after both UNP and SLFP suffered a humiliating defeat at the local government polls held on February 10th.

The SLFP and the UPFA blaming the government for their defeat demanded the removal of Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe and even went to the extent seeking support of the Joint Opposition to form a new government with Minister Nimal Siripala De Silva as the Prime Minister.

However, the Prime Minister accepting the verdict given by the people at the Local Government Election as a warning said he will continue to hold the Premiership according to the Constitution and the current unity government would continue rectifying the mistakes.


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