Selecting opposition leader MS tells opposition to decide

Published : 9:33 am  September 1, 2015 | No comments so far |  |  (640) reads | 

msp2By Kelum Bandara
President Maithripala Sirisena at a meeting yesterday told leaders of four political parties in the United People’s Freedom Alliance (UPFA) that he would leave it to the opposition parliamentarians to select someone of their choice as opposition leader.

Mahajana Eksath Peramuna (MEP) leader Dinesh Gunawardane, National Freedom Front (NFF) leader Wimal Weerawansa, Democratic Left Front (DLF) leader Vasudeva Nanayakkara and Desavimukthi Janatha Party (DJP) leader Podi Appuhami attended the meeting with the President.

The UPFA leaders said they intended working as a group opposed to the national unity government of the United National Party (UNP) and the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP). Mr. Nanayakkara told Daily Mirror that the President had no objections to the views expressed by this group.

 The President is reported to have said that his objective in seeking a national unity government was to fulfil the need for political stability in the country.  According to Mr. Weerawansa the President had said he would not to interfere in the selection of opposition leader.

 This is the first such meeting between these party leaders and the President after the general election. They are ardent supporters of ex-president Mahinda Rajapaksa and spearheaded  the ‘bring back Mahinda’  campaign.