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Rajapaksa asks Sirisena to cut ties with ruling coalition

Press Trust of India  |  Colombo 

Sri Lanka's former strongman Rajapaksa has asked to cut ties with the current ruling coalition, amid reports that the two leaders could form an alliance.

met the former on Wednesday night, sources said.

The media speculated that may form a caretaker government with the support of Rajapaksa's new political party.

Rajapaksa is expected to be anointed the of the People's Party (SLPP) soon, political sources said.

Sirisena, the of the Freedom Party (SLFP) and the of the are currently in a national unity government arrangement since 2015.

"It is time that the SLFP stop propping up government," Rajapaksa told reporters, adding that "We will not join in any alliance with as a partner".

Sirisena, according to the media had reportedly told Rajapaksa that it was difficult to work with Wickremesinghe as

In April, Wickremesinghe had successfully defeated a joint Sirisena-Rajapaksa move to oust him.

The was able to record a resounding victory in the no trust motion with the support of Tamil and Muslim minority parties.

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First Published: Sun, October 07 2018. 19:35 IST