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Sri Lankan President accuses PM for preventing Provincial Council polls

Addressing the annual convention of Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) in Colombo this afternoon, President said that the Prime Minister failed to present the review committee report for reactivation of the Provincial Councils.

His comments came as Supreme Court has ruled against holding of provincial council elections due to lack of delimitation of constituencies.

Sri Lankan parliament failed to ratify the delimitation commission report and a committee headed by Prime minister failed to submit its report after the country plunged into political crisis last October. 

Relations between President and Prime minister nosedived since then with differences in the open.

The President on Tuesday said that the government and opposition leaders hold discussions with the Northern leader purely to get their votes but nobody has a genuine plan which is a tragedy.

President Sirisena also pointed out that in accordance with the constitution amendment, the next President will be powerless. He said defence ministry too will be with the Prime Minister and SLFP therefore, more than thinking of the next Presidential Election, should pay attention to elect the next Prime Minister.

Presidential polls are due by end of this year and SLFP is under discussion with opposition led by former President Mahinda Rajapaksa to form an alliance. PM’s United National Party is split in the middle over the issue of candidature.

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