UNP: PM should act for President


By Ifham Nizam

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe should be vested with full powers in the absence of President Maithripala Sirisena, Public Enterprise, Kandyan Heritage and Kandy Development Minister, Lakshman Kiriella said yesterday.

With reference to the Easter Sunday terror attacks, Kiriella said that when President Sirisena was in Singapore at the time, the Premier was faced with too many restrictions.

He said that when the Prime Minister wanted to summon the Security Council, he was not permitted to do so.

Kiriella also said that they had not been informed of the Indian warning on April 4 regarding the impending terror attacks. "The Prime Minister or the Cabinet was not informed of it," he added.

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