A consensus has been reached to nominate United National Party (UNP) Deputy Leader Sajith Premadasa as the Presidential candidate of the United National Front (UNF), UNP sources said.
Sources said that UNP Leader, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe has also now agreed to nominate Sajith Premadasa as the Presidential candidate of the UNF.
The decision had been taken at a meeting held between UNF party leaders held late this evening.
The final decision on nominating Premadasa is now expected to be taken on Thursday by the UNP Working Committee.
Meanwhile, a key member of Premadasa’s camp, Minister Harin Fernando tweeted following the crucial meeting saying “Game on ! Positive outcome, New energy for a New Sri Lanka.”
Minister Harsha de Silva, who also supports Premadasa, tweeted saying Wickremesinghe has agreed to nominate Premadasa as the Presidential candidate of the UNF.
“The @officialunp working committee will meet on Thursday 26th to officially ratify @sajithpremadasa as our choice from the UNP n then our alliance partners will approve him as the candidate from the UNF. As a matter of fact they have already proposed his name,” he tweeted.
Minister Lakshman Kiriella said that under the agreement reached, Wickremesinghe will remain UNP leader and Prime Minister. (Colombo Gazette)