SLFP undecided on supporting PM Ranil

The Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) is yet to decide on whether or not to extend its support to newly appointed Prime Minister and United National Party Leader MP Ranil Wickremesinghe so that he could command a majority in Parliament.

Speaking to The Morning, SLFP General Secretary MP Dayasiri Jayasekara said that the final decision on the matter is yet to be taken.

According to sources, the SLFP and the group of “independent” government Party (Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna [SLPP]) MPs in Parliament had proposed the names of MPs Nimal Siripala de Silva, President’s Counsel Dr. Wijeyadasa Rajapakshe, and Dullas Alahapperuma for the post of the Prime Minister.

Meanwhile, the SLPP and former Prime Minister and incumbent MP Mahinda Rajapaksa has reportedly extended his support to Wickremesinghe.

Yesterday (12) evening, Wickremesinghe replaced Rajapaksa who resigned from the post on Monday (9) as unrest broke out in Sri Lanka.