UNP considers divorcing SLFP following polls outcome

The United National Party (UNP) is considering a split from the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) following the outcome of the Local Government (LG) elections.

Sources said that the UNP is looking at forming a Government led by Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe.

Several Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) members are expected to extend support to the UNP-led Government.

The UNP performed better than the SLFP at the Local Government elections.

SLFP leader, President Maithripala Sirisena had overturned several decisions taken by UNP Ministers ahead of the Local Government elections.

SLFP and UNP Ministers in the unity Government had also been critical of each other resulting in a deep rift between both parties ahead of the elections. (Colombo Gazette)

Report by Ashanthi Warunasuriya