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SLFP-UNP sign a common agreement

Sunil C. Perera - Reporting from Colombo

Colombo, 23 October, (Asiantribune.com):The Sri Lanka Freedom party and the United National Party have entered into a common agreement setting stage for a new political culture in the country.

General Secretary of the SLFP and Minister Maithripala Sirisena and the President of the UNP Malik Samarawickrema have signed the historical agreement short while ago at a ceremony held at the Temple Trees, the official residence of the President of Sri Lanka.

SLFP General Secretary Maithripala Sirisena and the UNP Chairman Malik Samarawickrema signed the MoU at the Temple Trees at the auspicious time just few minutes after 12 noon in the presence of President Mahinda Rajapaksa and Opposition Leader Ranil Wickremesinghe.

Prime Minister, Speaker of Parliament, Cabinet Ministers, UNP leaders including Deputy Leader Karu Jayasuriya and leaders of several political parties were present to witness the signing od the MOU between the two leading political parties from the South of Sri Lanka.

The signing took place amidst chanting of pirith by Buddhist monks. Hindu, Christian and Muslim priest too offered their prayers at the occasion. The Sri Lanak Rupavahini Corporation and several other television channels telecasted the event live.

President Mahinda Rajapaksa and Opposition Leader Ranil Wickremesinghe met last night to finalize the historic SLFP-UNP agreement.

President Rajapaksa summoned a special Cabinet meeting at 11.00am today before the official signing of the MOU by the two political parties.

The SLFP Central Committee, which met yesterday, has unanimously approved the signing of the MoU with the UNP. The President as the Leader of the SLFP briefed the Central Committee members of the mechanism of the MoU and the outcome of the discussions held between the two parties.

- Asian Tribune -

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