The United People’s Freedom Alliance (UPFA) says it will prepare to contest the next election independently.UPFA General Secretary Mahinda Amaraweera said that while the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) and the United National Party (UNP) are currently working together in the Government, the SLFP with the UPFA will contest the next election separately. He also said that there are attempts to split the SLFP but the public must ensure the SLFP remains united and all parties work together with the Government. Amaraweera said the cohabitation Government was formed to develop the country and not steal from the country.He rejected allegations that the SLFP and UNP were protecting any wrongs committed by both sides since they are in a cohabitation Government. Amaraweera said that the current cohabitation Government will not change for at least five years as an election cannot be held any time soon. The Fisheries Minister said that by working together the Government was able to prevent an international war crimes investigation on Sri Lanka.“We can safely say there is no international war crimes probe on the country,” he said.The Minister said that the international community has now changed its attitude towards Sri Lanka and is assisting Sri Lanka in many ways. (Colombo Gazette)

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