Feb 19, 2018

No change in mandate, govt. should continue - Sampanthan Featured

Opposition leader R. Sampanthan says the mandate given by the public to president Maithripala Sirisena remains unharmed and wants him to continue with the present government.

Sampanthan has told ‘Mawbima’ that he told the president so when he met him on February 16, and also prime minister Ranil Wickremesinghr.

The president should abide by the 08 January 2015 people’s mandate, although the government has suffered a setback at the recent mini-polls, said the opposition leader.

The president and the PM need to work together to fulfill people’s aspirations, he said, adding that there should not be a government change in the midst of many promises remaining to be delivered.

Sampanthan is yet to officially confirm speculations that he has agreed to back the UNP in securing a parliamentary majority for Wickremesinghe.

UNP MP Mujibur Rahman has told BBC Sinhala Service that no discussions have taken place yet with the TNA in that regard.