Coalition parties mull new alliance

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National Freedom Front (NFF) Leader, MP Wimal Weerawansa, said, a new alliance will be formed in the near future, under a new leader appointed to gather all independent parties in Parliament.

He said, 10 coalition parties of the Government that became independent in Parliament will lend their support to form the alliance in the future, giving the country a better understanding of the economic crisis.

Weerawansa said, they will focus on how to overcome political and humanitarian challenges that have emerged as a result of the economic crisis.

“The alliance hopes to remain in the Opposition and play a key role in the Government’s efforts to overcome the crises. If the Government attempts to satisfy the needs of those who express unfavourable conditions to the country, our alliance is ready to oppose it,” he said.

When asked who will be the leader of the new alliance, he said there were several suitable MPs to fit the bill and the group was yet to take a decision on the matter.

“Kaputa is still in power. He still has the support of a few MPs. The provision to prevent dual citizens from entering Parliament is one of the reasons to support the proposed 21st Amendment to the Constitution,” he said.

Weerawansa was speaking following a discussion at Communist Party Headquarters with regard to the 21st Amendment. Representatives of ten coalition parties attended the discussion.

Following the discussion, Pivithuru Hela Urumaya (PHU) Leader, MP Udaya Gammanpila said, the 10 parties were prepared to meet Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe next Thursday.

“The ten parties are currently acting as an alliance. When the parties form an official alliance, the parties will have the ability to join or leave the Government at any time. We are prepared for an Election at any given time. This alliance, however, does not have a name or a leader yet,” he said.

BY Thameenah Razeek