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Sri Lankan President says he ended an ‘unhappy marriage’

Published Oct 28, 2018
Updated Jun 22, 2020

Sri Lanka President Maithripala Sirisena today said he had well realized within a year after forming the unity government that he entered into an ‘incompatible marriage’ with Ranil Wickremesinghe as prime minister.

President Sirisena today explained to the United Peoples’ Freedom Alliance (UPFA) parliamentary group the reasons for his decision to appoint Mahinda Rajapaksa as the Prime Minister to replace Wickremesinghe

The President this evening presided over a meeting with the UPFA parliamentary group with participation of Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa at the President’s Office this evening.

President Sirisena said a year into the unity government, he became well aware that by forming a government with Ranil Wickremesinghe was like entering into an ‘incompatible marriage’ Not only there were cultural differences between them, there were many other issues including the bond scam and failure to bring up the economy that led to his decision to end the ‘marriage’ and form a new government.

President Maithripala Sirisena said that he will address the nation tomorrow (28) to reveal these facts to the country and a new cabinet will take oaths on Monday (29). The UPFA parliamentarians, all members of the joint Opposition including the new Prime Minister, and UNP MP Ananda Aluthgamage participated in the meeting which was chaired by the President.