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Presidential poll will be held first as scheduled: President affirms

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Colombo, Feb. 24 (Daily Mirror)- President Ranil Wickremesinghe affirmed that the Presidential election will be held as scheduled with the General Elections anticipated to be held early next year, the President’s Media Division (PMD) said.

The President gave this assurance during a meeting with the representatives of the United Republic Front headed by by its leader Parliamentarian Patali Champika Ranawaka at Sirikotha today.

The United Republic Front presented a proposal titled "A United Step for the Country" to President Ranil Wickremesinghe this morning (24), at ‘Srikotha’, the United National Party headquarters in Colombo.

After engaging in discussions with the President, the leader of the United Republic Front, Member of Parliament Patali Champika Ranawaka, along with his delegation, presented this proposal to the President.

Speaking at the event, President Ranil Wickremesinghe, highlighted the government's concerted efforts over the past two years to stabilize the country's economy, which had faced significant challenges. 

Stressing the government's commitment to steering the economy towards recovery through strategic reforms, the President expressed his determination to continue these initiatives with the collective support of everyone.

Recalling his open invitation to all political parties to unite under a common agenda on behalf of the country, regardless of political differences, the President reiterated his willingness to embrace constructive proposals from all political parties as part of the nation-building efforts.

The President responded positively to the request made by MP Patali Champika Ranawaka to allow other political parties to participate in the upcoming negotiations with the International Monetary Fund (IMF) next month concerning the restructuring of foreign debts.

United National Party Deputy Leader and President's Senior Adviser on Climate Change, Ruwan Wijewardena, along with Secretary General of the United National Party Palitha Range Bandara were also in attendance at the event. 

Representing the United Republic Front were Karu Paranavithana, Nishantha Sri Warnasinghe and Attorney-at-Law, Shiral Lakthilaka.


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  • If elections are funded the UNP will lose Saturday, 24 February 2024 05:11 PM

    All parties are than the UNP and SLPP have a common goal of getting rid of Ranil and the SLPP government. When defeat is obvious and closer will Ranil be willing to release the 10 billion to elect someone else, or is this calming talk just for the moment.

    sam Saturday, 24 February 2024 05:11 PM

    Economical to have both elections together

    CITIZENS AWAITING JUSTICE Saturday, 24 February 2024 05:18 PM

    UNITING TOGETHER UNDER A COMMON AGENDA ON BEHALF OF THE COUNTRY IS ONE THING, DOES THIS AGENDA ALSO INTEND BRINGING THOSE RESPONSIBLE FOR BRINGING DOWN THE COUNTRY INCLUDED TOO? POLITICIANS AND PUBLIC SERVANTS IRRESPECTIVE OF THEIR DESIGNATION SHOULD BE ALL BROUGHT BEFORE A COURT OF LAW, IF ANY OF THEM HAVE HAD A HAND IN THE DOWNFALL OF THE COUNTRY. THE PRESIDENT OWES THIS TO THE PEOPLE.

    Gt Saturday, 24 February 2024 06:33 PM

    Why not general first? He needs his goons in parliament so he can stay president, he gonna be upto some scam to steal election

    Voter 1 Saturday, 24 February 2024 06:44 PM

    Who can trust this man judging by all the bullshit promises he has given all his political life that were never delivered? The only thing he can do is; bluff his way through anything with a joke or two.

    Fx Sunday, 25 February 2024 04:54 AM

    Actually true unless the election forecast is not favorable him he never hold it

    Grace Saturday, 24 February 2024 07:14 PM

    Only a few months left. Please give priority to sell the remaining parts of the country. You have the power and support of enough MPs.

    Lank Saturday, 24 February 2024 07:18 PM

    Yes .. They should do the general election first to see how people vote and to impeach the president first

    Last chance Saturday, 24 February 2024 07:52 PM

    If you try your tricks here that will be the end of your era

    Ram Saturday, 24 February 2024 10:02 PM

    President Ranil has not honoured many of his promises. I do not trust him

    Tak Tik Tuk Saturday, 24 February 2024 11:08 PM

    Why not have elections together to save costs??? I feel he knows AKD might win. But I fear his pohottu majority in parliament might do something to get rid of AKD, if he comez to power.

    Martin Saturday, 24 February 2024 11:45 PM

    Very unlikely. This fellow is sure to pull something out of the bag. But that day, the whole country will come out and force him and his cronies out. It may be bloody, but it has to be done. We cannot go forward as a nation with a whole bunch of lunatic looters.

    Simon maama Sunday, 25 February 2024 01:57 AM

    There is no other choice, when you are stuck between a rock and a hard place.

    Vive James Sunday, 25 February 2024 04:51 AM

    Ranil will declare Emergency at some point in time to postpone elections indefinitely. 1983 or 2019 again can't rule out.

    Jude Sunday, 25 February 2024 05:47 AM

    That's the scary part, he keep saying presidential elections will be held as scheduled. But come October he'll change the tune to say that the government doesn't have money to hold any elections, yeah.

    Robin Banks Sunday, 25 February 2024 07:02 AM

    The last gasp for the dinosaur. See you in loservile presidinky.

    Gundapani Palannotam Sunday, 25 February 2024 09:51 AM

    Who is this unelected refused man backed by MaRa is now talking nonsense while shaking the whole body!!

    Nimal Sunday, 25 February 2024 03:13 PM

    Ranil's assurance that the presidential elections will be held is a sure sign that he is definitely on his way out in right Royal style.


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