UNP MP John Amaratunga had said he was ready to resign as the party organiser for Wattala and hand over the reins to a young party member.
“I have been in parliament for 41 years and I feel that the time is ripe for me to retire from politics,” he told journalists yesterday.
“Contesting for an election is no easy task. It involves high spending financially and also, one has to tire one’s self much. I have contested several times and now I feel it is enough and want to call it a day,” he added.
Also, he said that there is a wide possibility of a leadership change in the UNP as many feel that former Deputy Leader Sajith Premadasa should be appointed as the new leader.
“Even the current leader Ranil Wickremesinghe had said he does not intend to remain as the UNP leader for long,” he said. (Yohan Perera)
Hon. John Amaratunga has not condemned the UNP leadership which is totally correct.
Sambo Thursday, 28 November 2019 02:00 PM
I think its time the old gave room for the young blood. Thank you for realizing it.
Rajaratnam Thursday, 28 November 2019 02:19 PM
Ranil, for how long ?
D. M. Sirisena Thursday, 28 November 2019 02:32 PM
Good decision Sir, but you should insist Ranil to quit politics.
Mahesh Thursday, 28 November 2019 02:35 PM
You all guys with Ranil Wickramasinghe ruined the UNP, at least now please pave the way for Sajith to build up the party.
Dinesh Thursday, 28 November 2019 02:40 PM
Sajith would have won if you all have resigned a long time ago....You guys ruined UNP as Chandrika ruined SLFP
Labby Thursday, 28 November 2019 02:48 PM
Despite all the adverse things said about you we thank you for your services as an honest and respectable political leader in the Gampaha District. Thank you Long John; and may God Bless you in your retirement.
NDJ Thursday, 28 November 2019 03:20 PM
Thank Goodness! You should have retired a long time ago!! Why doesn't retirement age apply to politicians??
Anmanpan Thursday, 28 November 2019 03:33 PM
It is about time.
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