1. Sri Lanka President Maithripala Sirisena under pressure from his own party

Sri Lanka President Maithripala Sirisena under pressure from his own party

Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena has come under intense pressure from his own party members to withdraw from the ruling unity coalition formed with the United National Party.

By: | Colombo | Published: September 7, 2017 5:43 PM
Sri Lanka, Maithripala Sirisena, United National Party, Sri Lanka Freedom Party, Mahinda Rajapaksa, Sri lanka Government Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena (Reuters)

Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena has come under intense pressure from his own party members to withdraw from the ruling unity coalition formed with the United National Party. At the Sri Lanka Freedom Party’s (SLFP) central committee meeting held last night, some members of the party had criticised the government’s direction to remain with the coalition, party sources said. It has been speculated for some months now that at least seven SLFP members holding positions in the unity government may leave to join the opposition or stay independent in parliament.

Sirisena took over the SLFP from former strongman Mahinda Rajapaksa after the latter was defeated in the 2015 presidential election. Sirisena who was the SLFP general secretary until he became the common opposition challenger to Rajapaksa was sacked from the SLFP when he announced his candidature. After Sirisena’s victory, Rajapaksa handed the party reigns to Sirisena. This caused a division within the SLFP with supporters of Rajapaksa forming a joint opposition Sirisena won the election with the support of the UNP and Sirisena loyalists are sharing government positions with the UNP.

Despite the action by Rajapaksa’s loyalists to defy him, Sirisena has been applying restraint in taking action against them. The party sources said that at last night’s meeting, Sirisena had once again stressed on the need for party unity. At Sunday’s SLFP convention, Sirisena said that forming the unity government had helped Sri Lanka in overcoming international accusations of human rights and war crimes charges blamed on the Rajapaksa government.

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    Park
    Sep 8, 2017 at 5:02 am
    If SLFP leaves UNP then all the SLFP Ministers will have to give up their positions which could be replaced by UNP Parliamentarians. Then there is also the possibility that some members of the JO will join UNP to become Ministers. However, the best situation would be for Ranil to form the Government only with UNP and give ministerial positions to strong back bench educated young UNP MPs who will make a better government.
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      dharma
      Sep 7, 2017 at 7:47 pm
      time has come to leave the UNP party mr RANIl has cheated in many cases. he is helping the corrupted former government number of murder cases. one hundred thousand people died in srilanka by former president mr RAJA
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