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Sirisena's party leader warns against continuing in ruling alliance

Press Trust of India  |  Colombo 

A of Sri Lankan Maithripala Sirisena's SLFP today warned the party against continuing in the unity government, saying the longer it stays in the ruling coalition led by Ranil Wickremesinghe, the more it would suffer.

The remark by comes amidst widening gulf between gulf between the leaders of Sirisena's Freedom Party and Wickremesinghe's

"The longer we stay in the government, the more damaging it will be for the party," Weerakkody said.

"The SLFP must rid itself of this government," he added.

Weerakkody and 15 other SLFP leaders had last month walked out of the government leaving their ministerial jobs in a move to convince Sirisena to end the political marriage with the

The unity government of SLFP and was plagued with crisis ever since former Mahinda Rajapaksa's new party pulled off a stunning victory in February's local elections, seen as a referendum on the ruling alliance.

On May 30, Sirisena had accused Wickremesinghe of shielding Rajapaksa, his family and supporters in corruption cases.

Several members of the led by have been accused in central Treasury bond scam of 2015.

The SLFP and the UNP had formed a national unity government after 2015 elections but both parties have differed on several issues.

Sirisena had twice demanded Wickremesinghe to resign the post of the His refusal to do so has also led to a no trust motion moved against him.

A section of the SLFP Sirisena loyalists voted to oust Wickremesinghe. They left the government after Wickremesinghe won the no trust vote with strong backing from Tamil and Muslim minorities.

Last week, Sirisena revamped the party hierarchy by replacing key positions and the much speculated decision to leave the unity government did not come to pass with the revamp.

The major chunk of the SLFP is currently with former strongman Rajapaksa.

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First Published: Sun, June 10 2018. 21:30 IST