Sri Lanka set to brief UN HRC on 'progress'

Sri Lanka set to brief UN HRC on 'progress'

A key partner in Sri Lanka's ruling coalition demanded "urgent" reforms Friday after an election defeat that sparked calls for the prime minister to step down.

Wickremesinghe said that the UNP leadership needs new blood and reforms will be implemented in the UNP to prepare the party for the next 20 years.

Speaking to media at Temple Trees this afternoon, the Premier said the January 8th mandate given by the people will be taken forward.

The Sri Lankan prime minister said his government's delegation would be meeting with the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights on March 21. Wickremesinghe has accepted responsibility for the defeat and said he will change the government as well as his United National Party (UNP).


In the island-wide local polls held on February 10, the UNP and the SLFP lost a majority of the local bodies to Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP), or Sri Lanka People's Front, a new party backed by former President Mahinda Rajapaksa.

"It was a big setback for us and for the government parties but we are trying to correct it".

When asked about the ongoing confusion about the Prime Ministerial post, the PM said that he has been told of the opinion of the Sri Lanka Freedom Party and he had also spoken to the President.

UPFA is now divided between factions led by President Maithripala Sirisena and former President Mahinda Rajapakse, leading the joint opposition.

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