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Sri Lanka's UNP backs Wickremesinghe in no-confidence motion

Press Trust of India  |  Colombo 

Sri Lanka's main party in the ruling unity today unanimously decided to back its leader and in the no-confidence motion submitted against him by former

The motion scheduled for April 4 was handed over to by the (JO) last week against Wickremesinghe, accusing him of financial mismanagement and failing to tackle anti-Muslim riots early this month in the central district.

"At the policy making working committee meeting this morning, it was unanimously decided to back the in the no-confidence motion," said.

He said the party will meet for three days to deliberate on the reforms needed to implement them within two months.

Wickremesinghe, 68, had resisted a call from to resign following a crushing defeat to Rajapaksa's new party People's Front in the February 10 local election.

According to analysts, the no-confidence motion against Wickremesinghe is being secretly backed by Sirisena against the man who sponsored him to be the after Rajapaksa's defeat in 2015.

The motion calls for the removal of Wickremesinghe for appointing a non Sri Lankan as the of the Central Bank, allegedly protecting those responsible for the Bond issues scam and failing in his duty as the to tackle anti-Muslim riots early this month.

Wickremesinghe was recently replaced as after clashes erupted in the central district.

Anti-Muslim violence in and Ampara districts left three people dead.

Sirisena last night removed key institutions from the control of Wickremesinghe, including the Central

He had appointed a committee to probe the bank's bond issues scam under Wickremesinghe's friend and former

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First Published: Thu, March 29 2018. 14:10 IST