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UNF, UNP TO MEET PM TODAY

The United National Front (UNF) and United National Party (UNP) will meet Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe separately today (29) to finalise their respective stances on the No-Confidence Motion (NCM) brought against the PM, Co-Cabinet Spokesperson, Minister Rajitha Senaratne said addressing the weekly Cabinet media briefing.

He said the UNF party leaders met on Tuesday evening to discuss their views on the NCM and they would inform their decision to the Prime Minister on Thursday.

Minister Rishard Bathuideen was not present at Tuesday’s meeting as he was held up at the Cost of Living Committee meeting.

“We will meet the Prime Minister at Temple Trees at 4.00 pm to communicate our decision to him and arrival at a final course of action,” Minister Senaratne said.

Co-Cabinet Spokesperson, Minister Gayantha Karunathilake in the meantime said the UNP Working Committee would also meet that day, to decide on their stance as a party.

“The UNP Parliamentarian Group met last week and everyone unanimously decided to support the Prime Minister. Some have even signed letters of support”, he added.

When asked about the opposition within the party and for calls of reform from within, Minister Karunathilake stated that the reforms had not called for a change in leadership and that having defeated the current challenge of the NCM, they would take on party reforms.

“From April 5 onwards, we will start the party reform process”, said the minister.

Both ministers however were of the opinion that the NCM would be easily defeated come April 4.

Their partner in government, the SLFP had its Treasurer, S.B.Dissanayake state that given the contents of the NCM, it was difficult for them to oppose it.