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‘Ranil never completed full term as Premier’

Former Minister Lakshman Kiriella yesterday said that although the United National Party (UNP) leader Ranil Wickremesinghe had been elected as the country’s Prime Minister several times, he was unable to complete his full term even once. Kiriella recalled that that Wickremesinghe after been appointed as the Premier in 2002 had later lost the post due to differences with the then President Chandrika Kumaratunga, who dissolved Parliament.

Kiriella said a similar thing had happened in 2005 as well. Kiriella, a Samagi Jana Balawegaya (SJB) candidate for the Kandy District, was speaking during an opening of a new SJB election office in Kandy.

Kiriella said that although the UNP had worked hard to get Wickremesinghe elevated to the Prime Minister’s seat, he was never able to retain power over a long period.

Even in 2015, Wickremesinghe got embroiled in the infamous bond scam shortly after taking over as Premier.


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