The Sri Lankan government said on Wednesday that it had appointed a special committee to decide on the future of the unity government after the two ruling parties suffered a defeat in local elections.
Housing Minister Sajith Premadasa said the ruling United National Party (UNP) and its coalition partner, the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP), had decided to set up the committee. A report was expected to be submitted to the leaders soon.
The UNP led by Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe and SLFP led by President Maithripala Sirisena have been facing days of political unrest after their defeat in the local government polls on February 10.
The SLFP, which won 10 councils out of 340 in the local election, have been calling on the resignation of the Prime Minister, whose UNP won 41 councils in the polls.
"We need a new Prime Minister to carry forward a new parliament. We hope the President will decide on this in the next two days," Deputy Ports Minister Nishantha Muthuhettigama told reporters after a party meeting.
Ruling UNP members who hold the highest number of seats in Parliament, however, said they would continue with Wickremesinghe as the Prime Minister and it would form a government even if the SLFP leaves the unity government.
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