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UNP Deputy Leader Sajith Premadasa yesterday said he had declined to oblige President Maithripala Sirisena when he offered him the post of Prime Minister ten times.

Responding to a journalist who asked Mr. Premadasa why he declined it, he said “One might have personal aspirations of becoming leaders but things should be done in accordance with the law of the country. I am the Deputy Leader of the UNP and I am bound to work in accordance with the decisions made by my party."

Earlier, Mr. Premadasa hailed comments made by Minister Wijeyadasa Rajapakshe and MP Ven. Athureliye Rathana Thera that those who command a majority in Parliament should be allowed to form a government as fair remarks.

Mr. Premadasa expressed this sentiment during a media briefing held at parliamentary complex last morning.

At the same time Mr. Premadsa said there was no provision to form a caretaker government under the constitution. He was referring to the request made by Ven. Rathana Thera to form a multi party caretaker government and go for a general election. (Yohan Perera and Ajith Siriwardana)


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  Comments - 18

  • Its alright Friday, 30 November 2018 08:13 AM

    Ok Sir. When we want you, you have declined. Likewise, in the future, when you want our VOTES, we may decline. Its alright.

    mnsmart Friday, 30 November 2018 08:19 AM

    Hope RW

    Ryan Friday, 30 November 2018 08:25 AM

    We feel very lucky, we havent forgotten those days of treasure hunting

    ANTON Friday, 30 November 2018 08:30 AM


    Dallas Friday, 30 November 2018 08:36 AM

    You need to have the courage,charisma

    Saman Friday, 30 November 2018 08:38 AM

    Becasue Ranil said to do so ?

    Hinganna. Friday, 30 November 2018 08:47 AM

    Now public understands why RW like you and he has appointed you as the deputy leader. Well done Sajith. Keep it up.

    Kushani Friday, 30 November 2018 09:03 AM

    If you become president one day will you give me a security Job, i am 6' 7"

    ANTON Friday, 30 November 2018 09:34 AM


    Rennie Friday, 30 November 2018 09:44 AM

    Yes Sir Its better not to join people who distort all facts of killings Robbing and protecting thiefs rougues Educted intelligent people dont do such things Only stupid and educated but zero intelligent guys will accept such offerings

    Ronnie Bugger Friday, 30 November 2018 09:47 AM

    Here is an man with scruples, dignity and loyalty to his Party, some of the traits one will ever find when compared the greed, vengeful and egoistic tendencies demonstrated by the rogue installed not by choice but by necessity as the Prime Minister of this country.

    City Friday, 30 November 2018 02:36 PM

    Please watch the video clip of the pirith ceremony of late DR.Alles.

    Cluless Friday, 30 November 2018 10:40 AM

    During impeachment proceedings on late president premadasa RW backed premadasa. I believe RW will make way for him in time.Sajith has a long way to go and the only national leader in UNP so they should promote him to leader when everything lines up.

    Mustafa Kader Friday, 30 November 2018 01:21 PM

    Sir you are an wiseman I want to meet you sir giv me a chance.Thank you.

    Gamunu Friday, 30 November 2018 06:34 PM

    Sir you are a man with a shady agenda. Are u?

    Andrew Friday, 30 November 2018 01:23 PM

    Sajith is a decent, honest a man with intergrity and principals he would not jump when the word Prime Minister is uttered. Like MR who would raise his sarong over his head and expose the threesome for the delight of some people.

    Amara Friday, 30 November 2018 01:55 PM

    I am very disappointed that you declined the PM post but It is also very heartening to know that there still are principled politicians like you. My hats off to you. The best solution is if Mr. RW gracefully resigns from the party leadership and hands it over to you.

    Kumar Friday, 30 November 2018 10:53 PM

    I suppose the president didn't have to ask MR that many times to become the PM. Sajith you are a great man and don't change your ways when you become the PM in the future.

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