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UNP Deputy General-Secretary Ruwan Wijewardene over the weekend announced that he vied for the party's leadership following requests made by many party members including those who contested at the recent General Election.

Mr Wijewardene announced at a meeting held at the UNP office in Anuradhapura East on Saturday.

"Many UNP candidates and others in the party made requests to take over the leadership. Some telephoned me while others came from distant areas such as Ampara and Trincomalee to meet me personally and requested me to take over the party leadership,” he said.

“Also venerable Buddhist monks have also given me their blessings. Therefore I would like to announce that I have decided to vie for the UNP leadership," Mr Wijewardene told the gathering amidst cheers.

"UNP should be turned into an effective alternative to the present government. This is a difficult task. However, we have to face it and go across the country to boost party membership. We will have to find out where we went wrong and rectify the shortcomings. Our task is to make our party a powerful force that could challenge the present government,” he added.

Former MP Ashu Marasinghe said Mr Wijewardene must take over the party leadership as he is suitable for that post given his qualities. "We have seen how he dealt with criticism by opponents in the last Parliament. You can't refuse or go backwards. Please take over the party leadership" Professor Marasinghe told Me. Wijewardene at the meeting.

Mr Wijewardene and the team called on several prominent Buddhist prelates in Anuradhapura including chief incumbent of Attamasthana Venerable Pallegama Siriniwasa Thera and were also engaged in religious observance at the sacred Srimahaboddi during his visit.(Yohan Perera and Athula Bandara)

 

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  • Lanka putha Sunday, 30 August 2020 01:29 PM

    In 10 years time. no more unp

    BigEars Sunday, 30 August 2020 02:06 PM

    Already the UNP is gone.

    Paprilatha Sunday, 30 August 2020 03:48 PM

    1 years time ....

    Nimal Sunday, 30 August 2020 04:58 PM

    Karu is the most suitable leader for UNP

    Martin Milton Sunday, 30 August 2020 07:01 PM

    In many ways, Mr Ruwan Wijeywardene will amply and most definitely fit the role of Leader of UNP. I wish him well, the very best of luck and good fortune..MM

    GHarry Sunday, 30 August 2020 07:05 PM

    "No contest Needed", not even a DOG accept the CORRUPT DEAD PARTY leadership of UNP.

    G DE ALWIS Monday, 31 August 2020 09:00 AM

    still UNP is Grand old party . Ruwan good luck . keep it up .we will help you .


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