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‘UNP will field its own candidate’

The Presidential Candidate of the United National Party will be from the party itself with the unanimous consent of its Working Committee, UNP backbencher Hesha Withanage said.

Speaking to media at Temple Trees yesterday, Parliamentarian Withanage said they would reveal the candidate who has the hearts of the people at the correct time.

“The ticket is in the pocket of Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe. He is mature enough to take the right decision at the right time,” the Parliamentarian said.

He also said some of the MPs who supported the ill-fated 52-day government are now in talks with them to join the UNP.

“Our candidate will be one who can rule for the future of the country and is also suitable at the international level,” Withanage added.

Responding to various criticisms by the Opposition against the government, he said they are all political games being played by the Opposition to destroy the development drive of the present government.

Joining the MP, UNP Backbencher Chaminda Wijesiri responded to UPFA MP Bandula Gunawardena saying that the country’s direct foreign investments have increased from the 2017 figure, despite the April 21 terror attacks.

The UNP backbencher said the government was able to implement a rapid programme to reverse the economic backslide which took place after the terror attacks. According to MP Wijesiri, the country’s export revenue has increased from US$ 10.5 million to US$ 11.9 million between 2015 and 2019.

The rupee has also appreciated compared to the US dollar, Japanese yen and Indian rupee, he said.

“The Opposition is trying to carry on their political campaign by telling untruths to the people. Therefore, people should be intelligent enough not to line up for these types of politicians and instead support the programme towards the country’s development,” Wijesiri said. 

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UNP Presidential Candidate will be announced at the correct time (14:58)

Presidential Candidate of the United National Party will be from the party itself with the unanimous consent of its Working Committee, UNP backbencher Hesha Withanage said.

Speaking to media at the Temple Trees today, Withanage said they would reveal the candidate, who is in the heart of the people at the correct time.

“The ticket is in the pocket of Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe. He is matured enough to take the right decision at the right time”, the Parliamentarian said.


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