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Sajith declares Presidential goal

UNP Deputy Leader and Minister Sajith Premadasa and Finance Minister Mangala Samaraweera wave to thousands of supporters who braved the weather to attend the ralley. Pictures by Priyan de Silva
UNP Deputy Leader and Minister Sajith Premadasa and Finance Minister Mangala Samaraweera wave to thousands of supporters who braved the weather to attend the ralley. Pictures by Priyan de Silva

Presidential aspirant UNP Deputy Leader and Minister Sajith Premadasa declared yesterday that he would “definitely” be in the presidential race this year as that election would a turning point in the future journey of the country.

Minister Premadasa stated this addressing a public rally organised in support of him at the Sanath Jayasuriya playground in Matara last evening.

He said that he would refuse a luxury life and instead, face any difficulty on behalf of the innocent people of this country. ‘I will visit all the 42,000 villages and take my last breath among the masses like my late father”, he told a cheering crowd that braved the rain to listen to him. He added that in his journey towards creating a new Sri Lanka, the younger generation will be empowered and more opportunities will be given to them in the public administration sector too.

Japan used the motto ‘Japan First’ after the country was destroyed by atomic bombs. Similarly, a programme titled ‘Sri Lanka First’ will be launched and thereby, a strong motherland with a strong identity will be built, Minister Premadasa further said.

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Sajith will be named as candidate - Mangala

Sajith Premadasa is expected to be named as the United National Party’s presidential candidate with a proposal by Prime Minister Ranil Wickremasinghe and secondment by Speaker Karu Jayasuriya in the coming weeks, Finance Minister Mangala Samaraweera announced yesterday in Matara.

He said that the United National Party will have an elected President of the country after a lapse of 25 years and that President will be elected with a vote base of 65 per cent.

Minister Samaraweera was speaking at a public rally held at the Sanath Jayasuriya playground in Matara last evening. He said that it was the largest gathering he had ever witnessed in Matara.

“Sajith is a young leader in our cabinet, who is suitable for 2020 and is the only leader who can prevent the country going towards the Rajapakse tyranny,” Samaraweera said. 


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