The unity arrangement between the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) and the United National Party (UNP) will be rebooted once President Maithripala Sirisena returns to the island upon the conclusion of the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM).
Minister of Finance and Media Mangala Samaraweera, who is currently in the UK speaking to a group of journalists at a private gathering in last 20th evening disclosed that the current impasse with respect to the reshuffling of the cabinet is likely to be resolved when the President returns.
Samaraweera, however, said that a few ministers who voted in favor of the no-confidence motion against Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe earlier this month would probably join the ranks of the Opposition.
Earlier this week a committee made of SLFP ministers appointed by President Maithripala Sirisena in his capacity as the leader of that party announced that efforts are underway to patch up differences with the UNP and give the unity government a second chance.
Committee Chairman Sarath Amunugama said that it was decided to seek a fresh agreement with the UNP once the President returns to the island on Tuesday (24th). He added that a set of recommendations have been drawn up which, following perusal by the President will be submitted to the UNP. It is expected that eventually the General Secretaries of the two parties will sign an agreement paving the way for the cabinet reshuffle.
It was reported that a senior member of the UNP had echoed these views, stating that the party is awaiting these proposals. Once agreement is reached the unity government can continue, he had opined.