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Sri Lanka President, Kabir says changes ahead

ECONOMYNEXT – Sri Lanka’s President Maithripala Sirisena and General Secretary of the United National Party Kabir Hashim has said there will be changes to the ruling coalition after a drubbing at local council polls.

General Secretary Kabir Hashim said the UNP accepted the decision of the voters and will be making changes in the next two days.

Sri Lanka Freedom Party Minister Lakshman Yapa, told the media that President Sirisena had promised unspecified changes, after meeting him Sunday afternoon.

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinge met President Sirisena later in the evening.

Sri Lanka Podu Jana Party backed by ex-President Mahinda Rajapaksa won a landslide in local council polls. The party estimated to have won over 230 councils outside of the north and the east.

The UNP won a few urban centres, including Colombo, Dehiwala-Mt Lavinia, Matale, Weligama, Panadura.

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