UPFA opposes giving opposition leadership to Joint Opposition

Aug 07, 2018 (LBO) – United People’s Freedom Alliance (UPFA) has opposed the request of Joint Opposition about the opposition leader post in the Parliament, political sources said.

A letter signed by eight people in the Joint Opposition had been sent to the speaker requesting Dinesh Gunawardene be appointed as the leader of the Opposition.

UPFA General Secretary Mahinda Amaraweera said that the decision of UPFA has already been conveyed to the Speaker.

“One faction is requesting Dinesh Gunawardena as the opposition leader, another faction wants Kumara Welgama as the opposition leader,” Amaraweera said.

“But our stance as the UPFA on the opposition leadership will not make any big news.”

The final decision, however, is to be taken by the Speaker Karu Jayasuriya at a special party leaders meeting which will be held later today in the Parliament.

Leader of the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) R Sampanthan is the current leader of the opposition and most probably there will not be any change in the post.