Colombo Telegraph learns that Attorney General Jayantha Jayasuriya and the President’s Secretary Austin Fernando had worked tirelessly to save the union between the United National Party (UNP) and the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP), their efforts helping avert a serious governance crisis following the rout of both parties at the local government elections.
Civil society activists, in particular Prof Jayadeva Uyangoda and Jayantha Dhanapala, had also exerted a lot of pressure to prevent the union from falling apart. They are said to have explained to President Sirisena that the Prime Minister, Ranil Wickremesinghe, cannot be removed as per constitutional provisions.
These efforts have complemented the intervention of Speaker Karu Jayasuriya who too had met the estranged President and Premier to help them resolve their differences and avert a political crisis.
Both parties since stated that the unity-arrangement is still intact. A cabinet reshuffle is to be announced later today.
It is not clear whether things would proceed smoothly and if so for how long given the acrimony between the UNP and SLFP that surfaced immediately following the election debacle. Colombo Telegraph was unsuccessful in obtaining comments from the Prime Minister, several calls having gone unanswered.