Saturday, June 26, 2010

Sri Lanka main opposition wants joint front

Sri Lanka's main opposition United National Party (UNP) is to work towards forming a joint opposition front, a senior party official said Saturday.

"We will soon start talking to all parties and groups on the need to work together against the government," UNP Chairman Gamini Jayawickrema Perera told reporters.

"There are many issues relating to high cost of living and the government's many broken pledges," Perera stressed.

The opposition remains fragmented after the breaking down of the broad opposition front which backed the unsuccessful candidature of former Army chief General Sarath Fonseka against the incumbent Mahinda Rajapaksa in the January election.

In the April parliamentary election the opposition split, paving the way for a resounding win for the government.

Perera said the opposition was hoping to launch joint protest action against the Rajapaksa government.

However, the main opposition UNP is yet to resolve their leadership issue with incumbent Ranil Wickremesinghe resisting calls to resign.

A special convention to be held in August is expected to resolve many party reform issues.

© Xinhua

Bookmark and Share

No comments:

Post a Comment

© 2009 - 2014 Journalists for Democracy in Sri Lanka

  © Blogger template 'Fly Away' by 2008

Back to TOP