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Indicating that his party could support a motion in the House to ask President to dissolve Parliament and go for an election, UNP Leader Ranil Wickremesinghe said over the weakened that Parliament could decide on having an election, the type of election and the time it should be held.

“Parties in Parliament will decide on the election. They will decide on the date of the election as well,” he said.

“They can also decide whether to hold the Presidential Election first or the General Election.

“Parliament can decide on the elections with a two thirds majority. However, the main issue is not an election, but to safeguard the rights of the people,” Mr Wickremesinghe said at a public rally in Kandy on Saturday.

“Election is not the main issue. The main issue is to safeguard people’s rights; to ensure that the Constitution of the country is followed.

“If a group does not have a majority they should resign. They cannot hold on to office like leaches. If they did not resign even after November, 29 when the next vote is taken in Parliament, we will have to take to the streets,” he added.(Yohan Perera and J A L Jayasinghe)

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  • Unchikun Sunday, 25 November 2018 02:30 PM

    This man make me smile. There is no vote within the UNP. It is all manipulated by this man. First get your house in order and please go. Give a young capable man or woman the leadership and fade into the twilight. Sayonara!

    Danuka Sunday, 25 November 2018 02:51 PM

    Are you from pohottuwa

    Unchikun Sunday, 25 November 2018 03:36 PM

    When you depart take the man who does not understand electronic voting with you.

    Sri lankan Sunday, 25 November 2018 03:37 PM

    Your stupid comments makes me smile ... is there any democracy in SLPP/SLFP other than practicing nepotism and family rule ??

    Nimal Sunday, 25 November 2018 04:54 PM

    We want a unp young government

    Nikan-Sena Sunday, 25 November 2018 05:27 PM

    You have nothing to do no !!!?

    Ganesh Sunday, 25 November 2018 06:41 PM

    Why are you so concerned about his leadership while his party has accepted and that is none of your business which is UNP's business .

    Moiez Sunday, 25 November 2018 02:38 PM

    Mr. RW please step down as leader of the party, appoint Sajith as PM problem solved.

    channa Sunday, 25 November 2018 02:39 PM

    HE sirisena might cancel the gazet notification before 7th.

    sach Sunday, 25 November 2018 02:39 PM

    SL needs a GENERAL ELECTION

    Johan Sunday, 25 November 2018 03:13 PM

    Sl needs a PresidentialElection because MS is not competent to handle anything.Last one month we watch his ability.all problemsWill be solved after that because people are fed up with him

    Sri lankan Sunday, 25 November 2018 03:40 PM

    What Sri Lanka needs is a Presidential Election since he claims to have ALL powers... now let’s see how many Sri Lankan’s actually support him !!

    acs Sunday, 25 November 2018 04:07 PM

    Only the fake govt and their supporters want one. Besides, you cannot have one until 4 1/2 years since the last one

    punchi Sunday, 25 November 2018 02:39 PM

    He is 100% correct / Elections are not the issue. Givenwhat has taken place, any set of rowdies can over-ride theParliament and their procedures, as construed by a mad-hatter of a President.

    ANTON Sunday, 25 November 2018 02:41 PM

    YEP ... ISSUE IS WI-FI AND VOLKSWAGEN ....... AND ,,, YOUR JOKES.

    Chryshan k Sunday, 25 November 2018 02:54 PM

    First bring the law and order back to normal in accordance to constitution as at 26th October. Then agree on the quickest election possibly Sajith as PM and Navin or karu as presidential canfidate.

    My3 Sunday, 25 November 2018 03:05 PM

    You all are just greedy leeches who were in power for decades but did nothing to truely develop the country. Most of the neighbouring countries who were poorer than us have gone way above us. All you did and all you will do is blaming the previous governments for everything.

    Corrupt Sunday, 25 November 2018 03:05 PM

    Yes RW election is not the issue at the moment. It is the death of democracy in this country. But at the next election you and MR shuld step down as there are severe corruption charges against both of you.

    smn Sunday, 25 November 2018 03:07 PM

    We need both, Presidential and General elections.

    Haramanis Sunday, 25 November 2018 03:26 PM

    Ranil W- "safeguarding the peoples rights" by manipulating the Constitution and denying elections???

    Usless Sunday, 25 November 2018 03:28 PM

    are sure? First you should resign, and place Sajith as a leader then we will vote. if not you see the results

    silva Sunday, 25 November 2018 03:38 PM

    we deserve a credible alternative leader who can win. Party room meeting and secret ballot will decide the party leadership, then we will not have leaders who fails in opposition and fail in government for decades. Pathetic leadership are the problem and have no clue about the people they need to win back. Leaders who lose elections must go.People have thirst for change but as at now we don't have a lot of good options to vote for, we need a team of younger leaders to drive the nation forward.We have good reasons to be fed up with this old lot. This man help MR to come back.

    Bob Marley Sunday, 25 November 2018 03:39 PM

    Oh man Ranil, me and you both age same, So give it up man for young people sake, then you can lie down and take a smoke man.

    Shelley Sunday, 25 November 2018 03:40 PM

    Chadrika stopped him taking country from darkness to free world prematurely. Now Sirisena too is trying the same.And he was instrumental in showing doors to a mighty dictotor.We can't understand why men who want a modern Sri Lanka too shouts big belittling this veteran Statesman. His speech at KANDY speaks itself of his maturity.

    Cisco Monday, 26 November 2018 08:42 AM

    "Chadrika stopped him taking country from darkness to free world prematurely." Is this statement correct. If there was no change in 2004 this country would have been divided and still war is going on for boarder of the country.

    Patriot Sunday, 25 November 2018 03:40 PM

    Dear RW, the ground reality changed drastically after the mega bond scam. Your party does not represent the current vote sentiment. It's general election is the way.

    Manu Sunday, 25 November 2018 03:42 PM

    Great PM of all excuses. He is afraid. How can such aman lead a country? Why doesn't he stand as a presidential candidate for the next election. He knows his UNP coons will all as he wants in the Parliament.

    bandara Sunday, 25 November 2018 03:49 PM

    “election is not the issue: RW” UNP lacks democracy within the party and real tragedy is that your dictatorship of the UNP HQ is UNP,s own enemy. UNP need someone who can speaking to the vast majority of people – villages farmers labourers,working people, the middle class, low-income people, the elderly, the children, the sick, and the poor.please do home.

    Chandrika Sunday, 25 November 2018 03:50 PM

    The main issues are bond scam and not holding PC elections, but don’t worry in this moment MS and MR love you.

    inti Sunday, 25 November 2018 03:54 PM

    Better than wite vans,gracy achchies stories.

    Palle Sunday, 25 November 2018 04:19 PM

    The election is not the issue. The issue is I will be obsoleted after the election.

    Siripala Sunday, 25 November 2018 04:32 PM

    So many people with wisdom to advise

    Sunil Sunday, 25 November 2018 05:00 PM

    We might not like the man but if not for his tactical and clever manoeuvering we would still be stuck in Rajapakse's reign of terror.We have short memories and tend to forget the horrible past where crooks were running the country to the ground. Unfortunately, Sirisena being a village idiot is not up to Ranil's standard to be able to work with him. Just imagine if we had a president like Late Mr Kadirgamar and Ranil as the PM we would have been the envy of South Asian nations.We need Ranil for a bit longer until these evil Rajapakses are banished from politics.

    Sach Monday, 26 November 2018 08:38 AM

    Kadirgamar was a hàrsh criticism of ranil in CFA days. Ranil is total opposite to Kadirgamar.

    Shafraz Sunday, 25 November 2018 05:17 PM

    This man did nothing to our country. Hope he will hand over the leadership to someone soon.

    bo Sunday, 25 November 2018 06:36 PM

    RW you are already on the street. So go home now!

    GH Sunday, 25 November 2018 06:57 PM

    Yes you will be taken to the street holding your neck to oust from the Temple Trees that you have forcibly held.

    Will Sunday, 25 November 2018 07:07 PM

    Election is not the issue,yes,but if you loose the election , you will loose leadership of UNP, that's the issue

    Hello Sunday, 25 November 2018 07:14 PM

    Election is not the problem, greediness is!

    Vajira Monday, 26 November 2018 09:40 AM

    Go home and do your homework. Had you done your work properly as promised on 08th, no looters of public funds would even have been proposed for power !!!


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