National Government or opposition: President grants freedom to decide
Posted on August 23rd, 2015

Courtesy Adaderana

The MP-elects of the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) have been given freedom to choose whether to join the National Government or function in the opposition, MP-elect Mahinda Amaraweera quoted the President as saying.

President Maithripala Sirisena has made the observation during a meeting held at the President’s official residence in Colombo this evening (23), said Amaraweera.

However, sources close to the SLFP told Ada Derana that many MP-elects including Wimal Weerawansam, Dinesh Gunawardena, Vasudeva Nanayakkara, and Udaya Gammanpila have already decided to function in the opposition.

7 Responses to “National Government or opposition: President grants freedom to decide”

  1. Susantha Wijesinghe Says:


  2. ranjit Says:

    There is no patriotism in any politician in this country. They are all thieves and fraudsters. They let us down the poor voter very badly. Voter became a dud coin. Democracy is sham and dirty. They all let us down including Mahinda. I am very angry and upset but cannot do anything. We never expected this situation but due to greedy power hungry dirty politicians in this country we the poor voter has to suffer. Where in the world losers become Ministers? What we wrote ,what we thought all gone with the wind. As a voter I am very disappointed with the outcome of the elections. From the beginning it was dirty. I am not sure of the future in this country. No guarantee that it will be a Sinhala land for many reasons. No hope or dreams. Jarapalanaya succeeded.

  3. Daya Says:

    Those who are disappointed usually are those who expected too much.

    I never thought much of the chances of this emerging as a land of the “Sinhala” only. There are advantages in having a homogeneous society, such as for instance they thought they had in the Maldives, where everybody converted from Buddhism to Islam about 800 years ago. In our case, we wanted every “para aagam kaaraya” to convert to Theravada Buddhism – just won’t happen in the year 2015 – oh, dear, that’s the A.D. year, I’m not even sure what the Buddha vasara is! In any case, no DNA test has ever been done on me, so I’m not sure that I can lay claim to be a “blue blooded Aryan”.

    I choose, on the other hand, not to be too cynical about the future. There are many good things that have emerged during the past week!

  4. Kumari Says:

    To start with this election was a computer jil mart. The only proper election result we had was the 2010 Presidential and Parliamentary. Once this Deshapriya guy became the Commissioner, all sorts of things happened. Computer systems failing for days, re-starting the system (twice) in the middle of counting for Presidential etc. Added to that we have a shameless backstabber who is tearing down his own party.

    Mahinda was right to keep the SLFP together, however with a brain dead party president no matter what the officers and the supporters do the party cannot go forward.

    If there is any chance for SL, before the breakup engineered by RW/CBK/MS the SL lovers should form a new party and a coalition to fight for the general public.

  5. Lorenzo Says:


    NO ONE wanted SL to have “Singhala Only” people. Everybody wants SL to remain a multiethnic society that UPHOLDS what voters have decided.

    e.g. In 1956 voters decided Singhala should be the ONLY national language. So should it be.
    e.g. In 2015 voters decided to vote for UPFA seperately from UNP and for the UPFA national list. That’s how it should be.

  6. Fran Diaz Says:

    The crux of Lanka problem today is Tamil Leaders call to Separatism. We can have a truly multi-ethnic society trusting each other if Tamil Leaders stop their call for Separatism and join in with the National Development Program.

    At the same time, we hope common sense will prevail with the Yahap govt re how to develop the country, keeping to a Green Development program and that “Small is Beautiful” too, for Lanka.

  7. SA Kumar Says:

    The crux of Lanka problem today is Tamil Leaders call to Separatism.- NOT in last election manifest .

    TNA (ITAK) no more Separation demand – Got 16 seats
    AITC( TC) separation demand – no seats

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