UPFA decides to quit unity govt

UPFA decides to quit unity govt

October 26, 2018   07:29 pm

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The United People’s Freedom Alliance (UPFA) has decided to withdraw from the unity government.

This was revealed by UPFA General Secretary Mahinda Amaraweera, speaking exclusively to Ada Derana.

He stated that the Speaker of Parliament has been notified of the decision in writing.

President Maithripala Sirisena’s Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP), the main constituent party of the UPFA, and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe’s United National Party (UNP) had formed a unity government in August 2015 following the general election.

The coalition had grown increasingly strained in recent months. Both coalition partners suffered heavy defeats in local elections in February, and Sirisena loyalists backed a no-confidence motion in April against the prime minister, who survived after a majority of legislators voted to support his coalition government.

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