Political uncertainty in Sri Lanka over future of unity govt continues

In Sri Lanka, the political uncertainty over future of unity government continues with Prime Minister Ranil Wickremsinghe refusing to step down from his post. Prime Minister’s United National Party (UNP) has rejected suggestion of President Maithripala Sirisena to change its leadership. On the other hand, President’s alliance led by his Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLPF) has said that they will not back the government under Ranil Wickremsinghe. Hectic parleys are ongoing in capital Colombo to resolve the impasse.

Both UNP and SLFP had come together to form unity government after hung parliament in 2015 elections but have fought each other on several issues. The immediate crisis came to fore with their defeat at local body elections in which alliance backed by former President Mahinda Rajapakse won majority seats.

Meanwhile, Tamil National Alliance (TNA) has said that they will not join any government till a solution to the national problem is imminent but may support those who work for a solution in progressive way.