Government sources revealed that the parliamentary elections set for April is now unlikely to happen anytime before August 2020. The impact of the global pandemic COVID19 has impacted on the ability to hold general elections in the tiny Indian Ocean island of Sri Lanka.
The country was affected heavily in April 2019 when extremists carried out a string of bombing attacks mainly targeting tourist hotels and churches. The attacks left the nation horrified along with the death of 255 persons and at least 400 injured some with life changing injuries.
Sources within the government recvealed that contrary to the expectation of the mainstream opposition party the United National Party (UNP) there was absolutely no intention to form a national government with either the UNP or their off-shoot SJB led by Saith Premadasa.
The source said that after a series of ill-thought out statements by Mr Premadasa negativity had unfortunately latched on to him and the entire UNP. “Why should we cohabit with the UNP or the SJB – when our President has the constitutional power to handle finances required for government to continue” questioned a source in Cabinet.