A general agreement has been reached among United National Party (UNP) seniors including party leader, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe to nominate Deputy Leader, Minister Sajith Premadasa as the UNP’s presidential candidate as well as the candidate of the United National Front (UNF) led political alliance.

However, the agreement to nominate Premadasa as the UNP’s presidential candidate is based on several conditions.

The consensus was reached at a meeting held late last evening between Wickremesinghe and Premadasa camps.

Wickremesinghe has agreed to nominate Premadasa as presidential candidate subject to a written commitment from the latter to abolish executive presidency in six months after assuming office, appoint Wickremesinghe as Prime Minister and agree to a power devolution package agreed at the parliamentary steering committee

The Prime Minister is also reportedly in agreement that candidacy could be offered to Premadasa but on condition that he (Wickremesinghe) remain the UNP Leader as well as Prime Minister.  

Meanwhile, a key member of Premadasa’s camp, Minister Harin Fernando following the crucial meeting has tweeted saying, “Game on! Positive outcome, New energy for a New Sri Lanka.” 
harin fernando tweet


Minister Dr. Harsha de Silva also tweeted, “Glad @RW_UNP finally agreed w us to field @officialunp deputy leader @sajithpremadasa as t UNF alliance candidate for #SriLanka presidential election. I always knew he would make t right call based on evidence. Now as one team we have an excellent chance to win #Sajith4NewSL.”
harsha tweet

Nevertheless, the official announcement is to be made after the UNP Working Committee meeting on Thursday (26).

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