SLFP decides to join National Government

The Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) has decided to join the National Government to be formed by the United National Party (UNP).The SLFP Central Committee, which met today with SLFP head and President Maithripala Sirisena, had agreed to be part of the National Government, SLFP member Nimal Siripala de Silva said. “Together with the president and all party leaders we will be looking forward to having a new era of politics and government in this country,” he added. Nimal Siripala de Silva said that the SLFP will be in the National Government for two years and will work with other political parties in the Government to address key issues. Prime Minister designate Ranil Wickremesinghe had yesterday sought the support of all political parties represented in Parliament to work together on National issues.Wickremesinghe who ousted former President Mahinda Rajapakse and the United People’s Freedom Alliance (UPFA) in the parliamentary polls said that he would now put forward a national plan which would require all parties to work together.“We want everyone to come together now. Think of the country and think of the people. We can achieve unity and progress in this country if we work together even for two to three years for the sake of the people,” he said. The committee, which includes Nimal Siripala de Silva, will also decide on the number of portfolios which need to be allocated to the SLFP in the Government.“If the National Government concept is successful it will continue after two years. If not then the SLFP will withdraw at the end of two years,” Fowzie said. SLFP member A.H.M. Fowzie said that a committee has been appointed under former President Chandrika Kumaratunga to work on a policy framework under which the SLFP will work in the National Government. Wickremesinghe is to take oaths tomorrow as Prime Minister after which his new Cabinet will be appointed. (Colombo Gazette)

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