TNA wont support any party until Tamils grievances are met

Colombo, Feb 14 (PTI) Sri Lankas main Tamil party TNA will not support any southern political party until the minority communitys grievances over a new Constitution are addressed, the party sources said today.

The Tamil National Alliance (TNA) deliberated in Jaffna yesterday and arrived at this decision, the sources said.

The decision has come in the context of current speculation that the TNA may support Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe to continue his government.

After its electoral debacle in local council elections, Wickremesinghes United National Party (UNP) has run into problems with the premier facing pressure to give up the party leadership.

The unity government is even facing the prospect of collapse following the Saturdays election results in which former president Mahinda Rajapaksas new party Sri Lanka Peoples Party (SLPP) recorded a resounding victory.

President Maithripala Sirsenas Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) which is in the unity government had demanded the resignation of Wickremesinghe, but the UNP leader has refused to step down.

SLFP suffered its worst drubbing with just 13 per cent of the vote.

The UNP is looking to form a government of its own despite having only 106 seats, 7 short of the working majority.

The TNA had supported the unity governments opposition coalition against Rajapaksa in 2015 and Sirisena was elected on the partys support from the Tamil-dominated north.

Despite the moderate Tamil support for Sirisenas reconciliation, Tamil nationalists remain disgruntled with the slow pace in the delivery of a new Constitution which will address the political aspirations of the community.

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