The United National Party (UNP) said that the decision taken by President Maithripala Sirisena to dissolve Parliament was illegal but the party will still face the election.
Former UNP Parliamentarian Rajitha Senaratne said that the UNP and the United National Front (UNF) will form a broad coalition to contest the election.
Senaratne told reporters at a late night press conference at Temple Trees that there were reports the Department of Elections will seek the opinion of the court on the dissolution of Parliament and announcement of snap elections.
He said that the President first took the unconstitutional decision to sack the Prime Minister and prorogue Parliament.
Senaratne said the second illegal act of the President was to dissolve Parliament after he found he did not have the numbers to show a majority in Parliament.
Former Parliamentarian Ajith Perera said that the UNP will meet the Elections Commissioner tomorrow (Saturday) to discuss the legality of the move to dissolve Parliament.
He said the UNP will expect the Elections Commissioner to seek the intervention of the Supreme Court against the illegal actions of the President.
Asked who the UNP Prime Ministerial candidate will be at the election, Ajith Perera said that first the UNP and the public need to challenge the President’s decision to dissolve Parliament and the next step will be to discuss the Prime Ministerial candidate of the UNP. (Colombo Gazette)