UNF sticks to conditions to hold early elections

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The United National Front (UNF) today refused to budge from its main conditions to agree for an early Parliamentary election.

Deposed Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe told reporters today that the UNF has no issue with agreeing to an election.

However he insisted that the process to hold an election can take place only once a legal Government is in place.

“A legal Government can submit a motion to Parliament and if there is 2/3rd majority we can hold an election before the 4 1/2 year term of the current Parliament ends,” he said.

He said that the Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) has already said that it is prepared to face early elections.

Wickremesinghe said that if everyone wants an early election there is no need for the UNF to oppose it.

However he said the Constitution must be protected and no one can work against it.

“We can discuss about an election only after a legal Government is in place,” he said.

Wickremesinghe said that the UNF is not prepared to bypass the Constitution under any circumstances. (Colombo Gazette)

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