Leader of the United National Party (UNP) Ranil Wickremesinghe told the Party’s Working Committee (WC) today that he has no plans to support the formation of a national government.

Wickremesinghe said the following the defeat of Sajith Premadasa at the 2019 Presidential Election, the UNP Parliamentary Group took the decision that the Prime Minister and the Cabinet Ministers would leave the government and sit in Opposition and that the UNP had not held discussions with the government regarding the formation of a National Government and would not consider such a move.

“The party took the decision to regain the confidence of the public and regain the public mandate at the upcoming General Election. We have not had discussions to form a national government, and will not enter a national government,” he said.

The UNP leader sad that his Party’s foremost responsibility was safeguarding the country and to this end the UNP would support the national efforts in the face of the growing medical crisis.

He added that the UNP would discuss with the other political parties and the Election Commissioner as to when the upcoming elections could be held.

“A final decision on the date of the election would allow the government to focus their efforts on defeating the COVID-19 outbreak in the country,” he said.