The United National Party says its Presidential candidate will rally the people of Sri Lanka against tyranny and oppression, and will win.
United National Party member and Finance Minister Mangala Samaraweera accused former President Mahinda Rajapaksa of picking an alleged criminal to contest the next Presidential elections.
Samaraweera said that he was personally ashamed on behalf of his country to have to concede that for the first time in history, a serious frontrunner for President is an alleged criminal whose very citizenship of this country is in question.
“But the question never was “will it be a Rajapsaksa?”. No. It was always “which Rajapaksa will it be?”. Truth be told, the entire family represents thuggery, corruption, deception and a flagrant disdain for democratic values and independent institutions. The candidate is a figurehead. The choice of Gotabaya had nothing to do with trying to win more votes. If at all, such a choice would diminish their electoral prospects among liberal voters and minorities. The “terminator” was chosen for a different reason: to terrify the media, police officers, judges and public servants with a simple message: cross us at your peril,” Samaraweera said.
Samaraweera says the next President of this country will not be an alleged criminal who has the blood of countless journalists and innocents on their hands.
“Our next president will be a Sri Lankan citizen, born in Sri Lanka who never fled this country or swore allegiance to another land. The next president of Sri Lanka will be the person democratically selected by the United National Party and its allies to stand on a platform of democracy, safeguarding the judiciary, public service and other independent institutions and putting ordinary citizens before any family. Our candidate will be the next president of Sri Lanka. Who is our candidate? He is the man who will unite the forces of transparent, secular, liberal democracy across our country, who will go toe-to-toe with any number of Rajapaksas and their white vans, will rally the people of Sri Lanka against tyranny and oppression, and will win.” Samaraweera added.