UNP backs TNA, SLMC support sought

The United National Party (UNP) has decided to support the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) to form a government in the eastern province.

TNA MP Suresh Premachandran said that his party has now sought the support of the Sri Lanka Muslim Congress (SLMC) to garner the majority it needs to govern the eastern province.

“We reached the agreement with the UNP today. The SLMC will now be the kingmaker. If they also support us we will be able to form the government in the eastern province,” Premachandran said.

The United Peoples Freedom Alliance (UPFA) won the elections in the eastern province, but by just a small margin.

Final results released by the department of elections showed that the UPFA had secured 14 seats including two bonus seats by winning 31.58 percent of the total votes.

The National Freedom Front, an alliance member of the UPFA, also won 1 seat and the party had said that it will help the UPFA govern the province.

The Illangai Thamil Arasu Katchi (ITAK) secured 11 seats by getting 30.59 percent of the votes and the Sri Lanka Muslim Congress was third with 7 seats. The UNP won 4 seats.


By Easwaran Rutnam

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