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Highlighting that COVID-19 pandemic will prevail for two years in the globe, former Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe yesterday said his party will base its election manifesto on saving Sri Lanka from a second wave and to build up the battered economy.

Kicking off UNP's election campaign at the party headquarters Sirikotha, Mr. Wickremesinghe said he is willing to come for a public debate on saving the country from a second wave of COVID-19 and on building up the economy.

"WHO has warned that COVID-19 pandemic will stay on in the world for two more years. More than a hundred thousand jobs have been lost already. There is a foreign exchange shortage in the country. Printing money is not the solution. UNP's election manifesto will be based on saving Sri Lanka from a second wave of COVID-19 and ways and means to build the economy. We are willing to come for a public debate with any rival party if they come up with alternative measures," Mr. Wickremesinghe said.

Also he said people should focus on safeguarding independent commissions such as elections, public service and police commissions.

"The Millennium generation seemed to be disillusioned on the current political system. We in the went through a similar situation in the 1970s. The then party leader advised us to stay on and he gave us responsibilities. We are slated to do the same today," he added.

“Some accuse me of getting into deals with the SLPP but I would like to state that I have never got into any deal with the ruling party,” he also said.(Yohan Perera)

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  • BigEars Monday, 29 June 2020 11:28 AM

    Ah! You may start with the Central Bank of Sri Lanka. We all know what happened to it in 2015.

    Muraly Monday, 29 June 2020 01:45 PM

    Ranil Wickremasinghe is a comedian now.

    Roger Galpihilla - Germany Monday, 29 June 2020 02:04 PM

    You failed miserably being in charge the last time. Funny how you will do it without Arjun if given a second change.

    NATO Monday, 29 June 2020 02:39 PM

    " I have never got into any deal with the ruling party,” " You are right BUT by your actions during the yahapalanaya govt your actions proved that you had deals with Mahinda and family to protect them from being charged and sent to jail.

    Ram Monday, 29 June 2020 03:25 PM

    He will tell the voters that he will get the money robbed from the CB to boost the economy

    Ranjith Monday, 29 June 2020 03:28 PM

    Aiyo Ranil first become the head of state we have been now waiting for 30 years then we can how to develop the economy

    kumaran Monday, 29 June 2020 04:55 PM

    For nearly forty years, he has been "basing manifestos to build economy".

    chinthaka Monday, 29 June 2020 05:01 PM

    He is another politician that should be in jail for crimes against the nation, killed innocent youth, robbed people's money. He has destroyed the UNP from within and history will put him in the dustbin of shame.

    Christopher Seneviratne Monday, 29 June 2020 06:11 PM

    This man cannot be trusted. He is in completely in tow with MR. Which has been proved beyond doubt. He is hellbent on destroying the UNP.


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