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Former President says SLFP aiming to form a government

ECONOMYNEXT – Former President and leader of the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) Maithripala Sirisena has said that his party is working towards forming a government led by the SLFP.

Sirisena told reporters in Kandy on Monday that they would do so while “fully supporting the current government, we need to organize the party. We cannot stay silent.”

“As a party that helped make and build the government headed by President Gotabaya Rajapaksa we must tell you that that the support and dedication which we extended to give him the victory at the Presidential elections cannot be disregarded,” the former President said.

“In the past four or five months, our supporters, the general public, the educated and intellectuals have begun to ask us what is the SLFP up to? Are you not working towards strengthening the party, are you not working to raise up the party.”

“Our party has had less than the 14 Members of Parliament before. It was hard for the 13 directly elected MPs to win their seats as they had to face many unjust accusations and insults. We faced many challenges and had to make many sacrifices.”

“Even in terms of financial contributions we had issues and our candidates had to use their own resources as they did not get the support they needed,” Sirisena said.

“We have to work towards forming a government led by the SLFP. There are many things we need to do to achieve that goal,” he asserted.

“In politics, various parties come together to build alliances and fronts. We need to strengthen our party otherwise no other party would want to join us or come with us on our journey if we are weak,” Sirisena said.

Nimal Siripala de Silva, a senior SLFP leader and a Cabinet Minister in the current government said that the SLFP needs to keep its own identity and its reorganization is not aimed at being against anyone. (Colombo, March 31, 2021)

Reported by Arjuna Ranawana

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