A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between the United National Party (UNP) and the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) on the ‘National Government’ to be established by the two parties was signed on Friday (August 21).

UNP General Secretary Kabir Hashim and SLFP’s Acting General Secretary Duminda Dissanayake signed the MoU on behalf of their parties at the Presidential Secretariat. The signing took place immediately after the swearing in of Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe.

The 10-point MoU is valid for two years, but can be extended if agreed by both parties. The key points in the MoU document deal with subjects such as economic growth, affirming independence, eradicating corruption, improving education and health, foreign relations, women’s and children’s rights, and nurturing of the arts and culture. The document also states that main principles on development and related actions would be determined by the Cabinet of Ministers.

Interestingly, the document also states that both political parties have agreed to prevent their representatives from crossing over to each others’ parties during the period that the MoU is in effect.