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UPFA will support Maithri’s ‘100 days’

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The United People’s Freedom Alliance (UPFA) yesterday claimed that they have no issue in supporting the Maithripala Sirisena led new government to implement the promised 100 day program. The party representatives who are affiliated with the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) to form the UPFA at a media briefing said that they acknowledged the election result and wished strength and courage for the new President to keep his promises to the nation. The press briefing was attended by SLFP General Secretary, MP Anura Priyadarshana Yapa, Mahajana Eksath Perauna (MEP) leader Dinesh Gunawardene, SLFP Treasurer MP Dulles Alahapperuma, former senior Minister AHM Fowzi, SLFP heavyweight and leader of the House MP Nimal Siripala de Silva, and UPFA General Secretary Susil Premajayantha. 

National Freedom Front (NFF) leader MP Wimal Weerawansa and Western Provincial Council member Udaya Gammanpila were also in attendence.

The UPFA members also reminded that in 2005, former President Mahinda Rajapaksa took over a country plagued by terrorism. “He is the leader who saved the country from terrorism. We expect the new President to give us back a country more fascinating and important than the one he took over yesterday,” said by SLFP’s stalwart Nimal Siripala De Silva.

UPFA’s General Secretary MP Premajayantha said that they are to correct their mistakes soon and will be in the political mechanism. He also said they would support the Sirisena government but expect that the sovereignty and unitary status of the country are respected and separatism is not allowed to raise its head under his leadership.

National Freedom Front leader Weerawansa said that they will help for a constitutional change, if the new government was embarking on it with good intentions. He also wanted the new administration to keep its promises of bringing down fuel prices and implementing a salary hike for public servants soon. WPC Member Gammanpila spoke about a “second opportunity” for the UPFA, but refrained from making any clarifications.

They also requested the new administration to respect the election laws and not to make any opportunity for unlawful incidents after election results. They also wanted the new regime to follow former President Mahinda Rajapaksa who transferred the power smoothly just before the final result was announced.

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