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Panel to decide future of Sri Lanka's unity government

IANS  |  Colombo 

The Sri Lankan said on Wednesday that it had appointed a special committee to decide on the future of the unity after the two ruling parties suffered a defeat in local elections.

Housing said the ruling (UNP) and its coalition partner, the Freedom Party (SLFP), had decided to set up the committee. A report was expected to be submitted to the leaders soon.

The led by and SLFP led by have been facing days of political unrest after their defeat in the local 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 won 41 councils in the polls.

Both parties were defeated by former Sri Lankan Mahinda Rajapakse's party, the Podujana Peramuna (People's Front), which won 239 councils.

Rajapakse has since then been calling for a in order to elect a new government.

SLFP ministers who held meetings with the on Tuesday said the unity government will not continue if Wickremesinghe does not step down and pave way for a new to be elected.

"We need a new to carry forward a new parliament. We hope the President will decide on this in the next two days," told reporters after a party meeting.

Ruling 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.

"The UNP will form its own government and continue till the next We will take this country forward," a UNP told



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First Published: Wed, February 14 2018. 13:28 IST