UNP says will remain strong Opposition
COLOMBO: The United National Party (UNP) yesterday voiced its
confidence that it would remain a strong Opposition in Parliament,
despite its agreement on cooperating with the Government on several
Referring to the Memorandum of Understanding the party signed with
the ruling SLFP, Opposition Leader Ranil Wickremesinghe said the MoU was
not a coalition with the Government but a collaboration with the ruling
party, while still in the Opposition.
Wickremesinghe said that his party will not hesitate to vote against
the Government and to criticise the Government if the need arises and
added that an active Opposition is the power that keeps a Government on
"This MoU is not for a coalition, this is an understanding to
collaborate while one party is in the opposition and the other ruling
the country," said Wickremesinghe, the leader of the UNP. Describing the
MoU deal to usher good governance, and a bid to end the ethnic conflict,
Wickremesinghe said the areas proposed to cooperate in the MoU are
designed to bring economic prosperity to the county.
He said there are other countries where they have struck deals
between main political parties to achieve similar goals and cited
Mongolia as an example.
He said it was agreed by the parties to appoint a team headed by
President Mahinda Rajapaksa and the Opposition Leader to oversee the
implementation of the MoU.