The Working Committee of the United National Party (UNP) has approved the nomination of UNP Deputy Leader Sajith Premadasa as the Presidential candidate of the UNP.
The UNP Working Committee convened at the UNP Headquarters at Sirikotha and declared Premadasa as the Presidential candidate.
UNP leader Ranil Wickremesinghe chaired the UNP Working Committee meeting which was also attended by UNP Assistant Leader Ravi Karunanayake.
Speaking at the Working Committee meeting, Wickremesinghe said that there was an appeal to ensure the party does not split when picking a Presidential candidate.
He said that Premadasa was the most preferred choice to be the UNP Presidential candidate.
Wickremesinghe asked the Working Committee if there were any other nominees and there were none so Premadasa was unanimously selected.
Meanwhile, Minister Harsha de Silva said that the UNP will now call a convention to confirm the Working Committee ’s unanimous decision in a week.
“This is tradition. As always the party confirms the WC decision,” Harsha de Silva said.
He said that at the convention the UNP will also move proposals related to devolution of powers, Executive Presidency and electoral reforms and also appreciate the stand Speaker Karu Jayasuriya took during the political crisis last year.
Premadasa was picked after the UNP met this morning and reached a decision to nominate Premadasa at the UNP Working Committee meeting.
— Harsha de Silva (@HarshadeSilvaMP) September 26, 2019