Coalition leaders join United National Front for Good Governance

Coalition leaders join United National Front for Good Governance

Written by Tharushan Fernando

12 Jul, 2015 | 9:31 pm

Leaders of several coalition parties of the United People’s Freedom Alliance officially joined the United National Front for Good Governance on July 12 morning, signing a memorandum of understanding at Temple Trees.

The MoU of the United National Front for Good Governance was first signed by UNP Leader Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, Ven. Athureliya Rathana Thero and Minister Patali Champika Ranawaka of the Jathika Hela Urumaya. It states that the country’s unity and territorial integrity will be accepted during political conventions on the country’s peace and reconciliation.

Moreover those who signed the MoU have agreed to give priority to establish the new electoral system, which could not be passed following the Jan. 8 victory and also implement the Constitutional Council and Independent commissions enacted by the 19th Amendment to the Constitution.

The MoU also stresses the need for the passage of the Right to Information Act and the National Audit Act, along with the introduction of a National Planning Commission, Code of Ethics for Public Representatives and new laws that grant severe punishment against fraud and corruption.

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe noted that they were hoping on contesting separately but at the same time had to face the attempts of Mahinda Rajapaksa to cause a counter revolution to regain power. He said to counter this, it was he who first proposed that a national front to protect good governance be implemented. He added that what they want is to unite every community in the country and to enter a new era. He went on to note that this is what they have come here to do and that the symbol of the UNP is just a temporary mechanism.

Gen. Secretary for the United National Front for Good Governance, Min. Patali Champika Ranawaka added that they were hoping that the UPFA would change and that it would transform to a movement that would suit the country but now it is clear to them that this cannot be achieved within the party. He said they know that their policies are different to the policies of the United National Party but that they hope to take this political reform forward. He added they believe that after Aug. 17, the leadership of President Maithripala Sirisena will be able to change and transform the Sri Lanka Freedom Party with a new set of people and join this broad alliance.

Minister of Health and Indigenous Medicine,Rajitha Senaratne expressed that what can be done with the bullet, on Jan. 8 they did with the ballot and moved forward with President Maithripala Sirisena. He said they brought in the 19th Amendment to the Constitution.

He further added: We told him to leave aside Mahinda Rajapaksa and remove the corrupt but we are not taking this political decision against anyone personally and that even Dr. Sarath Amunugama also spoke to me and told me to publicly announce that he too is joining this front.

Leader of SLMC,Min. Rauff Hakeem added that there may be a difference of opinion among them on various issues but they have no issue over the matter of good governance and reconciliation among every community of the country.

Leader of the Democratic People’s Front Mano Ganeshan stated that the progressive patriotic image of Sinhala Buddhists is given to them by the JHU. and the progressive patriotic image of the Tamil community is given by them and the progressive patriotic image of the Muslim community is given by the Sri Lanka Muslim Congress.

Meanwhile, another MOU was signed by Ministers Rajitha Senaratna, Arjuna Ranathunga and M.K.A.D.S. Gunawardena for the Progressive Group of the SLFP. In line with this occassion, Minister Rajitha Senaratne signed nominations from Kalutara, Minister Arjuna Ranatunga from Gampaha and Minister M.K.A.D.S. Gunawardena from Trincomalee, all under the symbol of the elephant.

Minister of Lands M.K.A.D.S. Gunawardena noted that they are certain of their victory and stated that following that victory, they will join hands with the president once again and strengthen the Sri Lanka Freedom Party. He added that if the former president stays on at the SLFP, they will reject him but in the meantime, if he holds a high authority of power in the party, that too can be removed once his party membership cancelled, since he will have to function as an independent MP.


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