President Maithripala Sirisena stated that he would ensure the continuity of the Unity Government till 2020, regardless of those who leave the Government.
He added that if anyone was claiming that the reigning Government would not last till 2020, they were most likely party to a conspiracy.
He made these comments during a meeting with the heads of media organisations and news editors, at the Presidential Secretariat in Colombo this morning (30). The meeting was held for the purpose of discussing the 66th anniversary celebrations of the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP).
The President added that although the public was divided on the matter of the Unity Government, the economic challenges could not have been overcome if not for the Unity Government.
He recalled that the economic status and international reputation of the country had been in a sorry state when the Unity Government came into power back in 2015, and added that the previous government had held elections two years in advance as they could not face the imminent problems at the time.