Sri Lankan President Ranil Wickramasinghe Advised by Australian Election Pundit to Form "National Unity Government"

-By A Staff Correspondent

(Lanka-e-News -29.June.2024, 11.30 PM) In a strategic move ahead of the upcoming Presidential elections, Australian election pundit has advised Sri Lankan President Ranil Wickramasinghe to establish a National Unity Government. This recommendation comes amid concerns that Wickramasinghe is not resonating with the majority Sinhalese population, unlike some current cabinet members including Prime Minister Dinesh, who are more popular among voters as part of the Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP) party. The SLPP has faced criticism and backlash, especially after the elected President from the party fled amidst widespread protests.

President Wickramasinghe has been urged to appoint a new Prime Minister who is not affiliated with the Rajapaksha family and who has closer ties with the Samagi Jana Balawegaya (SJB). This new leadership is expected to collaborate with opposition parliamentarians, encouraging them to join the government, and to work with minority parties. This shift is seen as a strategy to enhance Wickramasinghe's appeal and build a broader coalition.

In this context, President Wickramasinghe is considering partnering with Patali Champika to form a Unity Government, aiming to boost his popularity. Key figures such as Field Marshal Sarath Fonseka, Muslim Congress leader Rauff Hakeem, Richard Badurdeen, and several Tamil politicians are expected to be part of this coalition.

The formation of this Unity Government is anticipated to be a significant victory for the "New Alliance" spearheaded by Hon Lanza, who is determined to secure a win in the upcoming Presidential election at any cost. There is also speculation that the alliance might propose a candidate other than President Wickramasinghe if it suits their electoral strategy, particularly as the National People's Power (NPP) is currently leading the polls.

-By A Staff Correspondent

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