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In the backdrop of a brewing political crisis, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe held talks with Minister Sajith Premadasa for one and half hours at Temple Trees on Thursday evening to find a way out, a party official said.

Mr. Premadasa took time off from a function at a temple in Embilipitiya and rushed to Colombo for a meeting convened by the Prime Minister and accompanied by Non-Cabinet Minister, Dr. Harsha de Silva. Minister Rajitha Senaratne was with the Prime Minister.

Dr. de Silva said there was cordial, open discussion on the current situation, and called it a positive meeting.

Asked whether the Prime Minister agreed to nominate Mr. Premadasa as the candidate, he replied, “The discussion was not on that, but how to select the candidate. It is a discussion based on data and facts on the ground.”

Dr. de Silva said he would play the role of go-between in resolving the internal crisis. The meeting that started at 9.30 p.m. lasted till 11.00 p.m.

Mr. Premadasa has already spelt out that he will contest the presidential elections no matter what. On Thursday, UNP Legal Secretary Nissanka Nanayakkara said the party constitution does not provide for the nomination of the presidential candidate until the elections are declared by the Election Commission. (Kelum Bandara)

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  • Nawa Lanka Sunday, 01 September 2019 07:33 AM

    Disgusting. How will they unite a country when they are so divided. All past their time. Will lose shamelessly. Betrayers of the nation.

    Thomas Monday, 02 September 2019 08:26 AM

    Sajith should be the Presidential candidate to save UNP from utter defeat

    Tony Monday, 02 September 2019 05:24 PM

    I could no agree more. Its time for a younger person to lead the party. Furthermore, Sajith's name has not been tarnished thus far.

    Roshanaly Monday, 02 September 2019 11:06 AM

    Late Prez Premadasa is the one taught corruptions to the Politicians and brought all the thugs to politics.


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