UNF leaders to meet President for crucial meeting today

Published : 12:00 am  February 13, 2018 | No comments so far |  |  (176) reads | 

Untitled-2United National Front (UNF) Leaders are expected to meet President Maithripala Sirisena today for a crucial meeting with him, sources said.   

 

The President had also informed the Prime Minister that he would request  the MPs who want to remain in the SLFP to join the UNP if it could  muster a majority.

 

UNF leaders including Mano Ganeshan, Rishard Bathiudeen, Patali Champika Ranawaka and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe met last evening to discuss the future strategies of the alliance. They decided to function together in the future.   


A party leader representing the UNF told Daily Mirror that the Prime Minister who chaired the meeting at Temple Trees had informed the other leaders that he was to meet the President tonight and they also decided to meet the President today. Sources said today’s meeting will be crucial as it would decide the future of the unity government between the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) and the United National Party (UNP).   


Meanwhile, the Prime Minister has obtained the consent of President Maithripala Sirisena to form a UNP government in place of the current unity government between the UNP and the SLFP, a source close to the UNP said yesterday.   


The Prime Minister had met the President in the wake of the February 10 local council elections which saw the defeat of both the UNP and the SLFP.   


Sources close to the Prime Minister told Daily Mirror that the President had informed Prime Minister Wickremesinghe to form a government if he could muster a majority in the House.   


The President had also informed the Prime Minister that he would request the MPs who want to remain in the SLFP to join the UNP if it could muster a majority.   


Sources said the UNP would reveal the details of its majority by Thursday, 
February 15.   


It was also reported that the other parties in the United National Front (UNF) had also agreed to form a UNP-led government.   


The Tamil National Alliance (TNA), which is the main opposition in Parliament is also said to be prepared to support the government but would not accept any ministerial portfolios.