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Sri Lanka president urges end to power struggle

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Maithripala Sirisena is the current President of Sri Lanka. (AFP pic)

COLOMBO: Sri Lanka’s president on Tuesday appealed to his prime minister to end a bitter power struggle and said the coalition government had failed to deliver promised reforms.

But Maithripala Sirisena suffered a new blow when 16 of his MPs joined the opposition.

Sirisena told parliament that the coalition partners should commit to a reform agenda to revive the island nation emerging from a decades-long war that claimed more than 100,000 lives.

“This is not a time for parties to engage in a power struggle,” Sirisena said after opening a new session of parliament.

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