During his recent visit to Pakistan, the president said so when asked by a ‘Mawbima’ journalist if the SLFP MPs would be allowed to decide on their own how to vote on the motion.
Meanwhile, the SLFP central committee will meet in the coming week, followed by a meeting of the UPFA parliamentary group, to take a decision on the matter, said UPFA general secretary Mahinda Amaraweera.
Duminda Dissanayake opposes the no-confidence motion
However, SLFP general secretary Duminda Dissanayake says he strongly opposes the no-confidence motion against the PM and describes it as an attempt to create divisions between the president and the PM and to destroy the unity government.
A meeting of govt. party leaders
Meanwhile, the president has decided to convene a meeting of leaders of government affiliate parties to discuss the matter.
In the meantime, Dr. Charitha Herath, a senior advisor to ex-minister Basil Rajapaksa, says the crucial factor to manage in winning the no-confidence motion is to correctly evaluate what the president thinks.
Crucial to evaluate what the president thinks – Charitha Herath
Writing an article to ‘Lankadeepa’ he says the removal of the PM is not possible without the president’s support.
It is still unclear if he will agree to replace him with another in the UNP, or with someone of the SLFP, he adds.