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Nov 28, 2017

‘Talks with JO, a SLFP decision’ Featured

President Maithripala Sirisena has reportedly told prime minister Ranil Wickremesinghe that it was in accordance with a SLFP decision that talks were ongoing with the joint opposition.

Speaking to BBC Sinhala Service, a UNP minister quoted Wickremesinghe as saying so at the party’s parliamentary group meeting yesterday (27).

The premier was informing them about a discussion he has had with the president.

He told the UNP MPs not to make any remark detrimental to the alliance with the SLFP, and to obtain prior permission from the party leadership before holding media briefings.

Wickremesinghe said the party had not permitted a media briefing held by some UNP MPs at parliamentary complex, where the president was criticized.

UNP should not worry

The UNP should not worry even if the SLFP allied with the joint opposition at the upcoming election, he said.

Meanwhile, the president has admitted to civil society activists about the ongoing talks with the faction led by his predecessor Mahinda Rajapaksa on contesting the elections, but noted that that would not affect the national government with the UNP.

Civil society leaders met the president two days ago to discuss the present political situation.

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