According to reports reaching Lanka e news , the United National Front has made its final decision regarding its National list of MPs. Ranil Wickremesinghe took this decision on Thursday(15) at Beruwala in the presence of the main UNF and other constituent parties.
Accordingly, the 9 slots in the National list have been divided as follows :
Hakeem s Muslim Congress is allocated two seats , most likely Hassen Ali and Nizam Kariapper will be the appointees.
Mano Ganeshan s party will get one slot , but the party hasn t decided who will be the appointee. Probably, it can be Mano Ganeshan himself.
The SLFP Mahajana wing of Mangala Samaraweera is also entitled to a slot in the National list . The appointee from that party is an extraordinarily popular political figure Ruwan Ferdinandez.
It has been decided that the remaining five slots shall be distributed among the UNP members , General Secretary Tissa Attanayake, Joseph Michael Perera, a top flight Banker Eran Wickremesuriya, an economic expert Dr. Harsha De Silva . The last slot remaining is to be allocated to a Tamil or a Muslim member . If however the Muslim Congress gives one slot , then two appointees, a Tamil and a Muslim are to be appointed.
Meanwhile, representatives of two minority parties who won under the UNF, Sri Ranga ( media personnel) and Digambaram have also sought appointments through the UNP National list. It is reported that they have given out veiled threats that they would join the Govt. if they are not so appointed.