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United National Party (UNP) parliamentarian Akila Viraj Kariyawasam told a news conference at party headquarters Sirikotha today that UNP National Leader Ranil Wickremesinghe would be the party’s presidential candidate.

“The UNP will not field any other candidate but will have its present leader as the presidential because what people want is a leader who is not corrupt, who can develop the economy and who is not interested in earning commissions,” he said.

Mr. Kariyawasam said some senior ministers had lost their electorates at the Uva Provincial Council elections because the government did not allocate funds to cabinet ministers but they were allocated only through the Rajapaksas.

“It is not surprising that Minister Nimal Siripala De Silva lost his electorate because the government had not provided him any funds for development projects. Funds are allocated only through the Rajapaksas. The Government wanted to defeat some senior ministers and it only wants to win MPs who are partial to the Rajapaksas,” he said.

Mr. Kariyawasam said people had decided to end the Rajapaksa regime because they had taken a serious decision against the Rajapaksas.

“Even the President was engaged in the door-to-door election campaign in Uva. People have realized that the government cannot win elections by talking about the war victory. People want the economy developed and the brazen and blatant corruption stopped,” he said.

Mr. Kariyawasam said the UNP was going to take the people to the streets against this regime and people have shown that they were ready to do so. (Ajith Siriwardana and Sanath Desmond)

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  • mount Wednesday, 24 September 2014 09:20 AM

    The time has come.

    nl Wednesday, 24 September 2014 01:57 PM

    Another defeat via DM Android App

    Well done-UNpers Tuesday, 23 September 2014 02:54 PM

    Pls we dont need Ranil to president candidate ..bcos again UNP will loose....pls appoint Sajith 200% party will win with more preferential votes

    Safeer Tuesday, 23 September 2014 03:10 PM

    brave move

    you end pee Wednesday, 24 September 2014 02:49 PM

    Congratulations President M.R. Dont spend money for the election campaign. via DM Android App

    Kasun Tuesday, 23 September 2014 08:50 PM

    Okay Lets loose again UNP... via DM Android App

    Muthyavan. Wednesday, 24 September 2014 05:46 AM

    How about a common candidate who can bring back democratic rule acceptable to all parties and section of peoples. via DM iPad app

    Dr Najimudeen Tuesday, 23 September 2014 03:59 PM

    Ranil Wickramasinghe is a national figure and has high reputation both in national and international arena. All the forces should rally around him forgetting all the pity differences.

    Sidath Tuesday, 23 September 2014 04:06 PM

    Vision that honorable Ranil has is great.... Se the timing of the movement... If Ranil becomes the president we can expect a super bright future for us and our kids !

    sg Tuesday, 23 September 2014 04:07 PM

    This country has no more future I am sure 100%.

    Justin Tuesday, 23 September 2014 04:11 PM

    How many times does Ranil have to lose before he gives up?

    Lanka Watch Tuesday, 23 September 2014 04:11 PM

    Firstly put your house in order before selecting the presidential candidate. .Let the people know the rank and file of the UNP leadership. so that they will have
    some confidence in the party. There is a good chance that Ranil could win, with a coalition, judging from how the voters voted in UVA but do not spoil the chances with your usual infighting.

    Pujitha Tuesday, 23 September 2014 04:53 PM

    Great news for MR, he will be the happiest man to hear this news as the proven buy the person who will pave him victory almost without a contest. Sad that the UNP still has failed to learn from the past. Pity thay the party that produced great leaders in the past cannot field a young dynamic candidate (not Sajith Premadasa) to challenge Rajapakse.

    Kumara Wednesday, 24 September 2014 12:49 PM

    Ranil is the only remaining leader who was nurtured by the all time genius in political arena J.R.Jayawardena. He is the only one who can make this a miracle in asia.


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