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The path to political consensus

This refers to D. Wijetunga’s letter appearing in Daily News of November 14. He offers reasons for former Prime Minister’s failure.

President Maithripala Sirisena came to power after contesting the Presidential Elections as an independent candidate, pledging to implement Ven. Maduluwawe Sobitha Thera’s proposals. After his assumption as President his desire was to implement SLFP policies.

As the UNP had a majority, with the support of other parties, Ranil Wickremesinghe was appointed as Prime Minister. The conflict started with implementation of UNP, SLFP policies and Venerable Maduluwawe Sobitha Thera’s proposals. Under the circumstances, the wisest move for the President was to discuss with the UNP and the SLFP and come to an understanding as to how best the government could work to mesh these pledges.

The President wanted a pure SLFP government, thus giving Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa the opportunity to form another political party Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna [SLPP] which gained popularity.

With dissolution of Parliament, Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa joined the SLPP as its leader and announced he would contest under the party.

G. A. D. Sirimal


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