PM, Sajith to meet UNF leaders to decide on the candidate

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Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe and UNP Deputy Leader Sajith Premadasa who met at Temple Trees last night had agreed to meet the constituent parties of the UNF and discuss the candidature of the UNP led alliance at the next presidential elections, informed sources said.

Sources said a meeting will be held in few days time between the UNP seniors and the constituent parties of the UNF though a date is not fixed.

Meanwhile, Mr. Premadasa told journalists after the meeting that the meeting with the party leader ended on a positive note and results of it will be known in a few days time. Ministers Ranjith Madduma Bandara, Malik Samarawickrama and Kabir Hashim accompanied Mr. Premadasa and Dr Rajitha Senaratne. Mr. Dinesh Weerakkodi had accompanied Mr. Wickremesinghe at the talks. Minister Madduma Bandara told the Daily Mirror that talks were positive. Asked whether it was agreed to nominate Mr. Premadasa as the presidential candidate, he, however, said there were steps to be discussed further. He said the party would field the most formidable candidate with the blessings of the likeminded parties. Attempts to get the version of the faction which is loyal to the Prime Minister were unsuccessful. (Yohan Perera and Kelum Bandara)

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  • Mm Wednesday, 11 September 2019 06:10 AM

    Nothing has come out of the meeting. UNP is playing with the furniture of the Country and it’s citizens because they can’t decide who to make candidate. Imagine either of them trying to lead the Country!!! It will be another tug o war and nothing will progress

    Hansa Wednesday, 11 September 2019 09:12 AM

    How many meetings now? Are you stupid to not decide on a candidate already or just trying to fool the people?

    Vijay Wednesday, 11 September 2019 09:12 AM

    Better to decide on the candidate asap

    Sajith is the man of today Wednesday, 11 September 2019 09:22 AM

    Ranil cannot compare him with JR. JR is smart and where

    Samson Wednesday, 11 September 2019 09:39 AM

    If UNF wants first runner up, it has to be Sajith or Karu. Anyone else can be the third or fourth runner up or also ran.

    ayesha Wednesday, 11 September 2019 09:51 AM

    yes they cant take a correct decision, everyday they have meetings and desscutions only. what they have done for the country

    Aranolis Wednesday, 11 September 2019 10:12 AM

    Why the hell do they make announcements of meeting from time to time without fixing a definite Agenda?

    Manu Wednesday, 11 September 2019 11:16 AM

    If UNP wishes to win the election and run the country well throw out this RW. Otherwise it is going to be the same as Yalahapana was, pulling against each other.

    Roshanaly Wednesday, 11 September 2019 11:34 AM

    Why don't the PM bring back the former Mayor Imtiaz as the Prez candidate.

    Rondy Wednesday, 11 September 2019 12:39 PM

    RW may not be popular but he deserves to be the candidate eventually being the party leader

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