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Ranil: UNP-UPFA marriage intact



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The memorandum of understanding (MoU) signed between the UPFA and the UNP to form a national government was still valid according to the provisions of the Constitution, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe told Parliament yesterday (21).

Responding to the Opposition, which had questioned the legitimacy of the government the previous day (20), the PM said the agreement between the UPFA and the UNP had not been rescinded. "We are continuing with the consensual government in keeping with the Constitution on a decision taken by the parliament. Moreover, we do not think any need to cancel the agreement has arisen so far."

General Secretary of the UPFA Mahinda Amaraweera endorsed the PM’s position. Making a statement Amaraweera said that the UPFA had not left the unity government."The partners of the government are still bound by the MoU."

Leader of the House Minister Lakshman Kiriella said the 19th Amendment to the Constitution clearly mentioned how a consensual government should be formed and carried out.

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