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SLPP – SLFP talks held today

Further talks on building an anti-UNP coalition

The Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna and the Sri Lanka Freedom Party held a second round of discussions today at the Opposition Leaders office in Colombo.

Last week the two parties agreed to form a broad anti-UNP alliance to face future elections after meeting in Colombo on Thursday.

Prof. Rohana Lakshman Piyadasa the former SLFP General Secretary who represented his party at the talks said that further discussions will be held on the 10 of April.

Party spokesmen said that they have agreed on a number of key points although they did not elaborate.

They said that there was no discussion about facing a particular election but “whether it is the Presidential, Provincial Council or any future elections, we will fight them together,” he said.

Last week the National Organizer of the SLPP Basil Rajapaksa told reporters his party was going into the discussion “with an open mind.”

With regards to a future Presidential election Rajapaksa was quoted as saying that the candidate at the poll would be chosen by former President Mahinda Rajapaksa and the party would endorse him or her.

The SLPP which was formed to contest the Local Government elections held early last year won a landslide victory in that poll. It drew heavily on the leadership of the SLFP to form its cadre and beat the older party into a distant third place.

The speculation in the past few months has been that the SLPP would like to dominate the alliance and seek to impose a candidate of its choice on a future alliance at Presidential polls due later in the year.