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Opposition may move court against Ranil Govt.

Colombo, Feb. 25. (UNI): Politics of cohabitation in governing Sri Lanka seems to be moving backward with main Opposition parties planning to take legal action against Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe-led United National Front, for signing the ceasefire agreement with the Tamil Tiger rebels, State radio said today.

The Opposition parties planning to take legal action include Peoples' Alliance (PA), Janatha Vimukthi Pramuna (JVP) and the ex-militant Eelam Peoples Democratic Party (EPDP).

The coalition partners of the previous PA Government said they were moving courts as the government had violated the Constitution by not consulting the President, Parliament and Cabinet of Ministers before signing the agreement.

How can the UNF Government sign an agreement related to ceasefire, without consulting the President, who is the Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of the country ?, asked a leading PA trade unionist.

He said that most of the clauses in the agreement are very much favourable to the LTTE and described it as a one-sided agreement. President Kumaratunga, who is also leader of the PA, had already expressed reservation over the procedures followed for concluding the truce agreement. 3

 


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