Feb 19, 2018

SLFP to decide today if to leave govt.? Featured

The SLFP will decide today (19) if it should leave the unity government, say party sources.

President Maithripala Sirisena and SLFP ministers are due to meet at noon at President’s House to take a decision.

Last evening too, there was a discussion between the president and several of these ministers.

Earlier, president Sirisena had a more than one hour long meeting with prime minister Ranil Wickremesinghe and speaker Karu Jayasuriya.

Accompanying the president at the talks were Susil Premajayantha, Dayasiriya Jayasekara, Lakshman Yapa Abeywardena, Lasantha Alagiyawanne and Thilanga Sumathipala, who proposed that they left the government.

However, the president has disagreed, saying it was the choice of some of them only and suggested a meeting of the SLFP parliamentary group to take a decision.

According to reports reaching Sri Lanka Mirror, nearly 15 SLFP ministers, including Duminda Dissanayake, Mahinda Samarasinghe and Vijith Wijayamuni Soyza want a continuation of the present administration.

Trouble is expected at House sessions

Meanwhile, trouble is expected at the sessions of parliament that begin this morning, since the issue of the premiership remains unresolved.

The UNP is trying to show a majority support for Wickremesinghe, while the UPFA has been trying to gain a majority for its PM aspirant Nimal Siripala de Silva.

Joint opposition’s Vasudeva Nanayakkara has said they would seriously question the validity of the present regime and Wickremesinghe’s premiership following their setback at the recent local government polls.