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Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, after a discussion with a team of his party seniors, decided last night to call for a meeting of the working committee on Thursday and conduct a secret ballot to select the presidential candidate, Daily Mirror learns.

The participants of this meeting conducted at Temple Trees were ministers Vajira Abeywardane, Lakshman Kiriella, Ravi Karunanayake, Lakshman Kiriella, John Amaratunga and Daya Gamage. They decided that the working committee of the United National Party (UNP) should meet on Thursday for the secret ballot to choose the candidate.

This decision was taken in the wake of party’s Deputy Leader Minister Sajith Premadasa calling for a secret ballot at the working committee to decide on the candidate. He has already announced that he will contest the presidential elections this time. The elections will be conducted on November 16, 2019. (Kelum Bandara)

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  • Era Monday, 23 September 2019 09:22 AM

    Ha ha who appoints the working committee ? The leader Ranil. So is this democratic ? It is like like chooses the caandidate.

    Kumara Dharmarathne Monday, 23 September 2019 09:27 AM

    As it appears, Leader of UNP is determined to destroy the party, or he thinks just postponing matters will give results to his favor. He and the seniors who blindly back him should be aware that their popularity is eroding at a strong pace and before long UNP supporters will start hating them.

    cheers Monday, 23 September 2019 09:28 AM

    meeting of the working committee on Thursday, but Ranil said they will have the candidate announced by this Wednesday - LOL - Party is in crisis

    Sambo Monday, 23 September 2019 09:28 AM

    So Wednesday became Thursday and that will become when. You are chasing away UNP members by such selfish attitudes and actions.

    Jude Monday, 23 September 2019 09:37 AM

    Pls. Do a favour!! And DON'T pick Sajith Premadasa!! Because that move will help to muster a MAJORITY win for SP !!!

    sarikad@ Monday, 23 September 2019 10:39 AM

    sajith is not a popular or someone keep trust on him he is genuinely work for the country, but due to unpopularity of Ranil he may come up

    Man Monday, 23 September 2019 10:44 AM

    On Thursday, UNP die-hard supporters must encircle Sirikotha and PM office, to demand, true democracy from the PM. Unless all the UNP parliamentary group do not get a chance to vote, separately, to decide the candidate, it will be a futile exercise as Patalie told. If, the UNP candidate is not Sajith, he must contest separately.

    UNP supporter Monday, 23 September 2019 11:35 AM

    Ranil should be hanged to death for destroying UNP.

    Lord Wolfstein Monday, 23 September 2019 01:57 PM

    All party members should decide. That would be democratic


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