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UNF split on National Govt.

By Maheesha Mudugamuwa

The United National Front (UNF) is split on forming a National government and a final decision will be taken today.

The UNF had decided to form a broad alliance to include several political parties, but there was no decision on forming a National government.

United National Party (UNP) Chairman Minister Kabir Hashim told The Sunday Morning that a UNF party leaders meeting will take place at the Temple Trees today, and a final decision on the National government will be taken at the meeting.

The UNF party leaders will also discuss the formation of a broad alliance and the symbol under which the alliance will contest future elections.

Hashim said the matter on forming a National government was discussed with legal experts of the party.
However, he stressed that the majority of UNF members were of the view that a National government should not be formed.

When asked what would happens to the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) members who joined the Government if a National government is not formed, and the size of the cabinet is not increased, the UNP Chairman assured that those who crossed over to the Government would be empowered with other duties in order to serve their people.

UNF member and Health Minister Dr. Rajitha Senaratne insisted that a National government will not be formed.

“There is no legal barrier to form a national government with the Sri Lanka Muslim Congress (SLMC). But the UNF has no intention of forming another National government with anyone,” Minister Senaratne stressed.

Meanwhile former Minister, United People’s Freedom Alliance (UPFA) Parliamentarian Chandima Weerakkody said that the government had no ethical or legal right to form a National government with the SLMC as its members were serving as Ministers in the present government.

“If they want to form a unity government they would have to form it either with the SLFP or someone else. There is no possibility of them forming a national government with the SLMC,” he noted.