Sri Lanka coalition has to stop infighting: President
ECONOMYNEXT – Sri Lanka’s President Maithripala Sirisena said a ruling coalition has to stop infighting and called on opposition parties to also work together to solve national problems, at a policy speech starting off a new session of parliament.
The 2015 coalition was set up to solve national problems which have been unsolved for decades, and progress has been made in many areas, he said.
But some events showed that even the constituents of the coalition was not mature enough to work together, President Sirisena said.
Some 16 members of his party, voted for a no-confidence motion against Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe last month and crossed over to the opposition.
When parties with different viewpoints were governing together, there would be problems, he said.
If they did not people will lose, he said.
President Sirisena blamed the main partner in his coalition the United National Party for an economic downturn, with budgets and policy before Finance Minister Mangala Samaraweera being admittedly ad hoc, but Prime Minister Wickremesinghe had avoided publicly criticizing him in turn.
President Sirisena said the administration had already made progress in trimming an executive presidency, improving rule of law, and building a government accountable to the people, but much more needed to be done. (Colombo/Mar08/2018)