SLFP-SLPP talks make progress; MS-MR to meet

Talks between the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) and the Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP) made progress today and the party leaders are now set to meet for further discussions.

The SLPP and SLFP held talks at the Opposition Leader’s Office in Colombo today.

The SLPP was led by SLPP National Organizer Basil Rajapaksa at the talks while the SLFP was led by SLFP General Secretary Dayasiri Jayasekera.

Following the talks both sides said that there had been progress in the negotiations and the leaders of both parties, Opposition Leader Mahinda Rajapaksa and President Maithripala Sirisena will meet next for further discussions.

The SLFP and SLPP have had several rounds of discussions in an attempt to reach a consensus to work together at future elections.

However both sides have failed to agree on a Presidential candidate to contest the next election if they decide to work together.

The SLPP has already picked former Defence Secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa as their Presidential candidate. (Colombo Gazette)