Sri Lanka

May discipline prevail in the National Government

Jan 2, 2017

As the New Year 2017 dawned yesterday, the Rainbow Coalition - which was swept to office with high hopes and expectations on January 8, 2015 - was facing political thunderstorms.   
The national government leaders, President Maithripala Sirisena and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe were optimistic and said the New Year would be a turnaround for Sri Lanka with poverty alleviation, sustainable all inclusive development and measures to curb climate change being given high priority. 

 But in both parties from front-liners including ministers have publicly made charges against each other with major divisions erupting over the Central Bank Bond scam, the slow rate of progress in probing corruption rackets allegedly involving the VIPs of the former regime and the Draft Bill for accelerated development with the setting up of a highly powerful coordinating agency.   

State Minister and Sri Lanka Freedom Party media spokesman Dilan Perera has been in the frontline of the attacks. Recently he even hinted that the Memorandum of Understanding for a national government between the two major parties, might be reviewed in August this year, two years after it was signed. But the President and the Prime Minister have expressed confidence that despite differences and disputes over various issues the National Unity government would continue till 2020 and even thereafter. With Dilan Perera and other ministers openly attacking some of the policies of the United National Party last year, some UNP frontliners have also come out publicly for a counter attack. Last Friday a group of UNP front-liners led by General Secretary Kabir Hashim met President Sirisena for a dialogue on the disputes and the public attacks on UNP leaders. The President reportedly assured them he would take action to maintain unity in diversity so that the good governance administration could continue to consolidate democracy and bring about social justice through a more equitable distribution of wealth and resources.   

Read more at:

Daily Mirror, January 2 2016

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