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UNP Leader Ranil Wickremesinghe today said that the majority of MPs backing him to become the Prime Minister once again was a further step towards defeating the constitutional coup of October 26 this year.

Mr. Wickremesinghe expressed this sentiment speaking in Parliament after a majority of members voted for him during the confidence vote.

“The decision made by Parliament today is another step towards defeating the constitutional coup of October 26 this year if I may use the words of the JVP Leader,” he said referring to a statement made by Chief Opposition Whip Anura Kumara Dissanayake that what is important is to defeat the constitutional coup of October 26, rather than allowing any individual to become the Prime Minister.

Mr. Wickremesinghe pledged to come up with a new development plan if he is allowed to form a government. “We will come up with a new development plan and intend to give concessions to people gradually,” he said.

“There are things which we could not do when we were running the government and we will do it if we are allowed to form a government again,” he added.

Mr. Wickremesinghe also pledged to come up with a solution to the national issue which will be based on an indivisible and undivided country. “We will also work towards increasing powers in provincial councils and towards abolishing the executive presidency,” he also said.

He finally thanked everyone who backed him and thanked Speaker Karu Jayasuriya as well for his role in safeguarding the rights of the legislative. (Yohan Perera and Ajith Siriwardana)

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  • Unchikun Wednesday, 12 December 2018 09:28 PM

    Yes, the majority of MPs back you going by the results of the vote today. It is not the same on the street. You are not a charismatic leader. Time to go Mr. Not Clean.

    K. Keerthy Abeykoon Thursday, 13 December 2018 12:21 PM

    You are 100% true, I too a strong UNP supporter but I personally feel Ranil should step down and pave the way to Sajith to become the PM.

    Sharon Thursday, 13 December 2018 01:41 PM

    He will never go....

    Hello Wednesday, 12 December 2018 10:05 PM

    Very childish,they vote for bag of money,

    chandra Wednesday, 12 December 2018 11:53 PM

    Good Luck. Can you protect it?

    Martin Milton Thursday, 13 December 2018 12:05 AM

    Hellloooo! BUT do the people of Sri Lanka in general back you ??? THIS is THE most important issue here not the two bit 'cash cows' of MP's backing an utterly brazenly ignorant and corrupt person. MM

    concern Thursday, 13 December 2018 12:38 AM

    How pathetic !.Now you could visit all the temples and offer some flowers.

    Manel Thursday, 13 December 2018 02:27 AM

    Majority backed you because they wanted to show that UNP is supreme NOT YOU.

    Ainsley Thursday, 13 December 2018 04:06 AM

    Honourable Sir, with all your experience, knowledge, qualifications, honesty and gentleman politics and internationally honoured, respected and acclaimed, you are not suitable for most of the gullible Sri Lankans who expect to hear words like "tholonchi" and slang words. You are too good for our society. You have kept your position very honourably even though you were unconstitutionally ousted and not a single bad word has come out from your mouth. What would have happened if any other person was ousted illegally like this - there would have been blood-bath in Sri Lanka but you controlled it very cleverly without letting a single person being even scratched except the unruly behaviour of some uneducated MPs inside the Parliament. May the Triple Gem and the Gods of all the religions of Sri Lanka Bless You.

    Sharon Thursday, 13 December 2018 01:43 PM

    Seriously... what did you smoke Ainsley???

    Citizen Thursday, 13 December 2018 05:13 AM

    You could not do and you will not ever do. Please, for the sake of the country, give up politics.

    Sunil Thursday, 13 December 2018 06:08 AM

    But not the people.

    Jack Thursday, 13 December 2018 06:57 AM

    Better you look around. Someone may be there behind you with knife.

    Chux Thursday, 13 December 2018 07:31 AM

    You may be having a majority now but from next election onwards MR ,MS and RW will be gone forever

    sarath Thursday, 13 December 2018 07:38 AM

    Keep in mind Ranil only for current term, we all know that you are hopeless but for the sake of the Party and only if Sirisena appoints you only otherwise you are just a memberUntil Sajith is appointed as PM and then as President remember that well

    Cisco Thursday, 13 December 2018 08:05 AM

    Ok what about the people if Sti Lanka? Do they ahree with your policies?

    Jude Thursday, 13 December 2018 11:19 AM

    What is crucial is!!?? Whether majority of SL Voters Are Backing you!!???

    R.K.M. Somaratne (Rtd. Principal) Thursday, 13 December 2018 12:27 PM

    People's mandate is important than your (Hora MP's who back you), if you go for an election you will lose putha - better you retire and rest.

    Jal Perera Thursday, 13 December 2018 12:28 PM

    We hate you man, we don't want you. We need either Sajith or Naveen.

    Arjuna Thursday, 13 December 2018 01:03 PM

    Ranil must be thrilled that he won the vote in Parliament.The votes are from his cronies which he will anyway get and also from the half -hearted supporters who had to vote for the sake of the Party.If Ranil does not step down along with his catchers soon and give time for his successor to revamp the Party, the results at the next election will be disastrous for the once great Party.

    RAK Thursday, 13 December 2018 01:10 PM

    Please go and read the constitution again..!One you screwed up as well..

    NAF Thursday, 13 December 2018 01:37 PM

    After doing a massive damage to the countries economy talking nonsense again good for party jokers


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