Sunday, July 16, 2017

SLFP-UNP marriage of convenience heading for separation

The Sunday Times Sri Lanka
  • President, PM outline different missions instead of common vision: Decision of renewal of MoU before December 31

  • Sirisena tells party loyalists to be patient and confident, says that some JO members are in regular contact with him

  • Ranil gears the party for local council elections, while party prepares to field him as 2020 presidential candidate
  • Cabinet decides to shut down Anti-Corruption Secretariat and President expedites probes

For a second successive week, ministers at their weekly meeting last Tuesday discussed the future of the Anti-Corruption Committee Secretariat (ACCS) and this time, decided to shut it down. Previous week’s meeting ended inconclusively with President Maithripala Sirisena letting off some steam on his coalition partner, the United National Party’s (UNP) alleged nexus with the Joint Opposition led by former President Mahinda Rajapaksa.