President will not pick opposition leader

Maithripala SirisenaPresident Maithripala Sirisena has said he will not interfere in the process to pick an opposition leader in Parliament.

The President had given this assurance when he met the party leaders of the United People’s Freedom Alliance (UPFA) at his official residence today.

National Freedom Front leader Wimal Weerawansa said that several UPFA party leaders including Dinesh Gunawardena and Vasudva Nanayakara attended the meeting.

Weerawansa said that at the meeting some of the UPFA party leaders had raised concerns over the alliance the UPFA and Sri Lanka Freedom Party was having with the United National Party.

“We also noted the harm the UPFA may face at the Local Government election as a result of the SLFP and UNP working together,” he said.

Weerawansa had urged the President, who is the chairman of the UPFA, to allow the UPFA to operate independently in Parliament as an opposition.

He also said that when the issue over the opposition leader was discussed the President had said that he will not pick anyone to be the opposition leader and that the opposition will be able to do that on their own.

Weerawansa said that concerns had also been raised at the meeting over some of the appointments in UPFA, including that of a new General Secretary. (Colombo Gazette)

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