Daily Mirror (Sri Lanka) - - NEWS - BY YOSHITHA PER­ERA

Western Prov­ince Chief Min­is­ter Isura De­vap­riya said yes­ter­day the SLFP could stop sup­port­ing the gov­ern­ment any­time it wished and that it was not its duty to clean the gov­ern­ment’s dirty linen.

He said the Gov­ern­ment was formed as a coali­tion of the two main po­lit­i­cal par­ties be­cause the United Na­tional Party (UNP) was un­able to form a gov­ern­ment on its own.

“Be­fore form­ing the gov­ern­ment, the Pres­i­dent and the SLFP mem­bers held a dis­cus­sion and agreed to ap­point some of the SLFPERS as min­is­ters,” the CM said.

He said there was no call for the SLFP to agree to ev­ery de­ci­sion taken by the UNP mem­bers.

Re­cently, Min­is­ter Lak­sh­man Kiriella had said the gov­ern­ment would pass the new Con­sti­tu­tion with the sup­port of the SLFP, but the CM said this was not a mat­ter dis­cussed with the UNP.

He said the SLFP ex­pected the coun­try’s le­gal and eco­nomic af­fairs to be spear­headed by the Pres­i­dent him­self.

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