President, SLFP to back PM: UNP

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  • The President will protect the government which he set up with the UNP while the UNP will protect the President
  • When others defamed him we stood by him. Even if all the SLFPers leave him we will stand by him. He is one of ours
  • The SLFP secretary said they would vote against the no-confiddnce motion. He is expressing the views of the President

 

By Lahiru Pothmulla   

President Maithripala Sirisena and the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) are reported to have pledged their support to Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe with regard to the no-confidence motion against him, the United National Party (UNP) said yesterday.   

UNP MP Kavinda Jayawardana said according to reports received from sources President Maithripala Sirisena is backing the Prime Minister.   


“However, we are not sure to what extent the reports are true. What we know is that the President will protect the government which he created and the UNP will protect the President. When others defamed him, we stood by him. Even if all SLFPers leave the President tomorrow, we won’t leave him. He is one of ours,” he told a news briefing held at Sirikotha.   


The MP said the objective of the joint opposition’s no-confidence motion was to isolate the President and to destabilize the country.   

 

When I asked why they supported the SLPP, the SLFP members said they received contradictory instructions from their leaders


MP Hirunika Premachandra said SLFP General Secretary and Minister Duminda Dissanayake had confirmed that they would also back the Prime Minister.   


“The SLFP Secretary has said they will vote against the motion. It is the opinion of party leader and President Sirisena which is being expressed through the party secretary. Therefore, the statements made by other SLFP members cannot be held as the official view of the party,” she said.   


Ms. Premachandra said the SLFP members at the Dehiwala- Mt.Lavinia Municipal Council decided to support the Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP) at the last moment due to the ambiguity in SLFP’s decision-making process.   
“When I asked why they supported the SLPP, the SLFP members said they received contradictory instructions from President Sirisena and Ministers Duminda Dissanayake and Mahinda Amaraweera. The President has to resolve this,” she said.     

 

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