The United National Party has decided to continue the unity government for the remainder of its term without any changes and the ministers of its coalition partner, Sri Lanka Freedom party, can decide on their own whether to stay with the government or leave.
Prime Minister Ranil Wickramasinghe conveyed his party's decision to President Maithripala Sirisena at a special discussion held at the President's Residence last evening between the President and the Prime Minister along with UNP ministers.
Minister Mano Ganesan said at the meeting, a committee was also formed to submit reform proposals in three days to finalize the future course of the national government, adding that the Committee will consist of members from both parties.
Meanwhile, a group of UNP Backbench MPs who earlier insisted on forming a UNP government in the wake of the party's dismal result at the local government polls, have also agreed with the Prime Minister and party leader Ranil Wickremesinghe to continue with the coalition government.
The UNP junior MPs held a special discussion with Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe at Temple Trees in Colombo last morning.
Following the meeting the UNP MPs have said that they have agreed to continue with the present government and SLFP MPs could leave the government if they wish.