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UNP-led alliance will field winnable Prez candidate - Rajitha

Health, Nutrition and Indigenous Medicine Minister Dr. Rajitha Senaratne over the weekend declared that a rainbow coalition would be formed to ensure the victory of their 2019 Presidential candidate capable of achieving what the incumbent President couldn’t.

Minister Dr. Senaratne expressed confidence that the next President backed by the rainbow coalition would be able to complete unfinished work during 2020-2025 period.

Minister Dr.Senaratne said so at a public meeting chaired by UNP leader Ranil Wickremesinghe in Kuliyapitiya town on Saturday (Aug 31). Declaring that they would field a candidate who could definitely win the 2019 presidential election, Minister Dr. Senaratne said that he was in great difficulty after having ensured the victory of Maithripala Sirisena at the last presidential poll in January 2015.

“All are asking me as to why Maithripala Sirisena was fielded as the common candidate. I’m deeply disturbed by President Sirisena’s actions.”

Referring to wartime Defence Secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa being the SLPP (Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna) presidential poll candidate, Senaratna pointed out that Rajapaksa had no experience of elected office at all which would help in fulfilling a presidential role. Nor does Rajapaksa have any experience of democratic governance, he said.

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