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United National Party (UNP) Leader Ranil Wickremesinghe said today that he would re-negotiate the stand-by arrangement of US$ 2.9 billion with the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and strike a separate deal if he comes to power at the April 8 General Election. 

Outlining his policies for the economic development, Wickremesinghe told a news conference a short while ago that the country’s total debt had swelled against the total revenue.

“Our annual revenue is only Rs.705 billion. Nevertheless, the debt and interest payment is Rs.825 billion,” he said. (KB)

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  • Wednesday, 17 March 2010 09:09 PM

    Unfortunatley, the majority of voters in Sri Lanka are selfish. They don't believe a man with a vision. That's what we have been witnessing for the past 17 years ... Feel sorry for the future generations to come.

    Wednesday, 17 March 2010 10:29 AM

    This is a joke! many of the comments could not be published if you are looking for fauly grammer and spelling!

    Wednesday, 17 March 2010 10:43 AM

    Ranil is the man who can make SL a Singapore

    Wednesday, 17 March 2010 10:49 AM

    If we want a suba anagathayak parliament should goto UNP + DNA ... I still feel its only during UNP governance we have seen economy improving thats from DS , Dudly , JRJ and RP time ...

    Wednesday, 17 March 2010 11:14 AM

    You can keep on dreaming RW, you'll never get the chance.
    But you will get the chance to create some sort of record for most number of defeats as a political leader.

    Thursday, 18 March 2010 08:52 PM

    Ranil, you are a very honest person. Sadly, in our country, we don't respect honest people.

    Wednesday, 17 March 2010 01:09 PM

    With gold bracelets and chewing gum. oh wait. singapore doesnt allow chewing gum on the streets. too bad.

    Wednesday, 17 March 2010 01:39 PM

    Donky election rsults already fixed.

    Thursday, 18 March 2010 01:43 PM

    Good luck! (by the way, I say that sarcastically...)

    Wednesday, 17 March 2010 02:45 PM

    DREAM ON TRAITOR!!!!

    Wednesday, 17 March 2010 08:24 AM

    Is this pie in the sky!
    How do you know that you will be successful. This is not negotiating with Norway or LTTE.

    Wednesday, 17 March 2010 08:38 AM

    Yes Ranil .....the prime question is the big "IF" . Persons like Mohan Lal Grero might be quite ok to contest. But look at the other guys including yourself.

    Wednesday, 17 March 2010 04:26 PM

    The problem is Ranil cannot win the election. Therefore Truth your vision may not work.

    Wednesday, 17 March 2010 09:11 AM

    As Mr Wickremasingh very well knows that he will not be responsible for managing our economy he can promise or say any thing. How Lucky to the opposition leader.

    Wednesday, 17 March 2010 09:25 AM

    There is no doubt that the economy will be in good hands if the UNP is in power. This is my view - sadly the majoritty think otherwise and the results will reflect this.

    Wednesday, 17 March 2010 09:47 AM

    good idea..
    the candidates of UNP for upcoming general election are really educated and expert on Economy
    the decision welcomed by all.
    hoping better future to our country under Ranil's government.

    Wednesday, 17 March 2010 07:24 PM

    RANIL YOU ARE GOING TO BE FOREVER IN THE OPPOSITION; NEVER IN POWER! ... YOUR RETIRING DAY IS UP ...

    Wednesday, 17 March 2010 10:16 AM

    This is the ONLY hope for this country. Financial good governance not Medamulana village idiocy !

    Wednesday, 17 March 2010 10:17 AM

    This is going to be a distance dream for Ranil. Sri Lankans cannot be taken for a ride.

    Wednesday, 17 March 2010 08:37 PM

    Marvelous!

    Wednesday, 17 March 2010 08:39 PM

    Sure you will Ranil ... but, try to win from the general election, not a facebook poll.

    Wednesday, 17 March 2010 10:24 AM

    pls RW...u need to throw in the towel now...we need a green-change!

    Wednesday, 17 March 2010 10:26 AM

    Sri Lankans mut get out of this habit of living on loans.

    Wednesday, 17 March 2010 10:28 AM

    beggers cant be choosers, Whatever you can do for the betterment of ordinary citizens, not just for uncles nephews perty would be a welcome change


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