The United National Party has formally informed President Maithripala Sirisena that the UNP nominates its leader Ranil Wickremesinghe for the Prime Minister’s position.
This comes after the Tamil National Alliance informed President Sirisena that the party will support the United National Party’s nominee for the Prime Minister’s post. The same letter has been sent to TNA Leader R. Sampanthan.
The letter, signed by UNP Chairman Kabir Hashim, has been sent to both parties yesterday.
With 14 TNA MPs pledging support to UNP’s nominee for the Prime Minister’s position, Wickremesinghe now officially commands the support of 117 MPs in Parliament. All UNP MPs, at the parliamentary group meeting earlier this week, unanimously decided to back Wickremesinghe as the party’s nominee for the Prime Ministerial post.
Sirisena, at a meeting with United National Front party leaders last night at the Presidential Secretariat, reiterated that he will not reappoint UNP Leader Ranil Wickremesinghe as Prime Minister. He said he was willing to appoint any other MP of the UNP in the position. It is not immediately clear if Sirisena was aware of the UNP’s letter to him at the time he addressed the meeting with the UNF party leaders.