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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2708

Sri Lanka President hides SLFP rift, starts re-organisation

Colombo, 04 January, (

In an effort to conceal the growing rift within his party, Sri Lanka President Sirisena has begun Party reorganization ahead of possible general elections.

President Sirisena today visited the SLFP HQ at Darley Road, Colombo, and inspected women’s, youth and lawyers wings of the Party at the HQ.

Pro-Sirisena MP SB Dissanayake said that SLFP is open to contest as part of a coalition. “We are open to SLPP if they are joining us” he said. “Former President Chandrika Kumarathunga is trying to create a breakaway group from SLFP but it will not be successful. In fact, she herself has been unsuccessful in her own campaign. How can she manage such a breakup then?” he asked, playing down the escalating rift within the party.

Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) –the party of Sri Lanka President Maithripala Sirisena- has been facing a major power struggle for full control of it after the President strongly berated party organizers recently. In a major blow to the Party morale,

18-21 SLFP MPs were reportedly planning to cross over to the PM Ranil Wickremesinghe’s government or withdraw from politics totally as a result of their disillusion with the President. At the vital SLFP organizers’ meeting summoned by President Maithripala Sirisena on 24 December, he berated SLFP organizers after which he flew to Thailand for his family holiday.

Former President Chandrika Kumarathunga has reportedly been playing a ‘key role’ in collecting the breakaway MPs from Sirisena-SLFP’s grip and strengthening her own power within the Party, which is likely to result in her comeback.

- Asian Tribune -

Sri Lanka President hides SLFP rift, starts re-organisation
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