UNP Working Committee approves Sajith as Presidential candidate

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.




  1. I have been to election meetings of Late President R.Premadasa drom 1970 ncluding his election for the Presidency. Both his children were in the stage with his father during Presidential election campaign. He is the one taught ordinary people how tax is used for building bridges, roads, houses etc during election campaign . First time I saw in 1970 musical personalities performing in Political stages of the late President during small interludes. He was very innovative and a person of action. Now the youngster of 1988 is to be the key contestants. I wish him good luck.

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