The Prime Minister Ranil Wickramesinghe had last ditch talks with President Maithripala Sirisena this morning ahead of the No Confidence Motion he set to face tomorrow in Parliament.
The current political situation in Sri Lanka is precariously poised with all eyes on the outcome of the Motion. Meanwhile the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP), the coalition partner of the unity government has formally informed Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinge to step down from his post.
Minister Nimal Siripala de Silva conveyed the stance of the SLFP today informing that SLFP has said it will vote in support of the no-confidence motion. The United National Party headed by the Prime Minister had refused request and informed that the Prime Minister will not step down. SLFP Ministers decided to meet again in order to decide next steps.
The No Confidence Motion was been signed by the Joint Opposition members and a few other members of the Unity Government. 13 out of 14 allegations contained in the No Confidence Motion are based on the Central Bank bond scam and one is due to the failure of Prime Minister to take prompt action as the then Minister of Law and Order to quell racial violence in Kandy in February.
Meanwhile a Tamil National Alliance (TNA) delegation headed by opposition leader R. Sampanthan also met the President at the the Presidential secretariat, informing that TNA will decide its stance on the No Confidence Motion tonight.