He said that neither the SLFP nor the UNP could get majority support at the election and this showed that the public wanted what began on January 8 with the election of Maithripala Sirisena as President, to continue.Dissanayake said that accordingly the SLFP and the UNP had signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) recently to work together in a National Government. He said that talks are being held with other political parties as well to secure their support for the National Government. Dissanayake said that during the Parliamentary election the public had clearly stated that they support the concept of a National Government. Ceylon Worker’s Congress (CWC) leader Arumugam Thondaman and Eelam People’s Democratic Party (EPDP) leader Douglas Devananda have extended support to the National Government.This was announced by Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) General Secretary Duminda Dissanayake at a media conference at the SLFP headquarters today. Meanwhile, Dissanayake said that the SLFP will celebrate its 64th anniversary on September 2 in Polonnaruwa.He said that the SLFP continues to be a strong party and the public had shown faith on the SLFP in January by electing common candidate and then SLFP General Secretary Maithripala Sirisena as the President.Dissanayake also said that the SLFP Central Committee will meet tomorrow and the current political developments will be discussed at that meeting. (Colombo Gazette)
A statement released late Wednesday at UN Headquarters in New York announced that James Victor Gbeho was being sent to the Gambia “to call on the Government, political leaders and candidates as well as the population as a whole to make every effort to ensure that the coming polls take place in a free, fair, transparent and peaceful manner.” The visit of the Special Envoy follows a multi-disciplinary mission sent to the Gambia last month within the framework of an integrated preventive strategy that envisages the international community working in partnership with the Gambia to help strengthen the country’s capacity to maintain peace and stability, the statement said. Mr. Gbeho is a former Foreign Minister of Ghana and a current Member of Parliament. He previously served as the Secretary-General’s Special Representative in Somalia.