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Lankan ruling coalition seeks talks to iron out differences

July 27, 2021

COLOMBO: Sri Lankan President Gotabaya Rajapaksa will hold crucial political talks on Monday for the first time aimed at ironing out differences with its constituent partner SLFP. The Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP), led by former president Maithripala Sirisena, had supported the Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP) for a broader coalition to defeat the then ruling party candidate Sajith Premadasa of the United National Party (UNP). However, since Gotabaya Rajapaksa and the SLPP coalition’s win in the August 2020 parliamentary election, the SLFP leaders have been complaining of indifference by the SLPP leadership and its second level of leaders. It is for the first time that Gotabaya Rajapaksa will be holding internal talks with any partner of the ruling alliance since he was elected president in November 2019.