Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe had pledged to resolve the issues about the proposed National Democratic Front (NDF) and party’s candidature in a few days, Minister of Higher Education and Water Management Rauff Hakeem said yesterday.
Mr Hakeem told journalists that the Prime Minister Wickremesinghe had assured them that he would pave the way to form the proposed NDF and to name a candidate in a few days.
“We requested the Prime Minister not to delay the formation of NDF and the selection of the presidential candidate any more and he promised us to resolve the matter in two or three days,” Minister Hakeem said.
He said they had also requested the Prime Minister to ensure that the UNP names a popular figure who has the support of the people, as its presidential candidate.
“We will support any candidate who is popular and is accepted by the people.
Asked whether his party, the SLMC, would support the UNP Deputy Leader Sajith Premadasa, he said they would support Mr. Premadasa if he was accepted by the people.
Also, he said that the SLMC would go alone if they couldn’t support any candidate.
Meanwhile, UNP General Secretary Akila Viraj Kariyawasam said that efforts were being made to consolidate the UNP’s position by uniting the Leader and the Deputy Leader.
“Both the UNP Leader and the Deputy Leader are assets to the party and our effort is to unite both of them,” Mr Kariyawasam said while highlighting that certain parties and media wanted to create a rift in the UNP.
He said there was no necessity to rush and name a candidate as the presidential election has not been declared as yet.
“We named the candidate last time just one and a half months before the presidential election,” he added.
He said the UNP candidate will be named according to its own agenda and not anybody else’s. (Yohan Perera)
Our Prime minister have been resolving many issues for 40 years. More issues he resolves the more they stay the same.
Thomas Thursday, 29 August 2019 08:25 AM
If UNP to win, field Sajith Premadasa as the Presidential candidate
TONY Thursday, 29 August 2019 08:42 AM
THE MEDIA IS IN A HURRY TO GET THE NAME OF UNP PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE. THERE IS NO HURRY AS THERE IS STILL TIME FOR ELECTIONS
Kumara Dharmarathne Thursday, 29 August 2019 08:47 AM
RW's delay in naming the up coming Presidential Election candidate, very clearly shows that although he often assured his party supporters that he has already produced leaders to replace the leadership after him, it's just empty words to deceive the supporters. If he had already produced leaders, he could have named one of them early in order to avoid the confusion in the party that has already taken place. Due to this, day by day RW's popularity and the respect he maintained in the party has begun eroding.
cheers Thursday, 29 August 2019 08:54 AM
Agenda is in shatters and the policy and the principals of UNP now after Gota was declared and he has no fight. Even Hakeem will have to eat his own pie
Manu Thursday, 29 August 2019 09:04 AM
Poor UNP (Useless National Pissos), They have no a presidential candidature. All other parties have chosen already but this unp is searching in the gutters for one.
Manu Thursday, 29 August 2019 09:07 AM
That is why RW is gone to Maldives to search for a Maldivian candidatebecause he could not find a Sri Lankan in unp.
Sando Thursday, 29 August 2019 11:18 AM
Good Candidates in Swaziland. Try a visit there as well.
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