UNP convention names Sajith as presidential candidate

The United National Party’s special convention concluded at the Sugathadasa Indoor Stadium in Colombo today (3) adopting six resolutions.

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, who is also the UNP Party leader in the first resolution proposed to nominate Sajith Premadasa as the Presidential candidate.

He will also remain as the party’s Deputy Leader.

Five other resolutions were also presented at the convention and were adopted.

The Tamil translation of the resolutions was presented by D.M. Swaminathan.

The party’s Assistant Leader Ravi Karunanayake, National Organizer Naveen Dissanayake, Chairman Kabir Hashim, General Secretary Akila Viraj Kariyawasam, Party Leaders Hema Premadasa and Jalani Premadasa were in attendance.

Ministers Rajitha Senaratne, Rauff Hakeem, Rishad Bathiudeen, Patali Champika Ranawaka, Mano Ganeshan and Palani Digambaram represented the United National Front.

The resolutions adopted at the convention are as follows:

Resolution 1 – Nominates Sajith Premadasa as the 2019 presidential candidate and seek the support of all parties and individuals who support the United National Party (UNP) and its policies.

Resolution 2 – As approved by the Working Committee on 29 September 2019; the party is committed to continuing the constitutional reforms initiated by our Government and will take into consideration the views of all parties in regard to Devolution, Electoral Reforms, and Executive Presidency.

Resolution 3 – In accordance with section 8 (1) (a) of the party constitution, the convention reaffirms the decision of Ranil Wickremesinghe to be appointed as the party leader as agreed by the party working committee which met on 24 January 2019.

Resolution 4 – The Congress, which denounces the anti-democratic process of ousting the United National Front for 51 days through a constitutional coup, recognizes the masses who came forward to defend democracy, and honors the judgment issued by the Supreme Court and the Court of Appeal to protect the integrity of the country’s Constitution and the democratic governance system. The party recognises the unwavering efforts that were put forth by Speaker Karu Jayasuriya to protect democracy and to protect the rights of the public.

Resolution 5 – The Convention recognizes the influence of certain prejudiced and vicious forces that emerged while attempting to steer the country forward through a parliament without a majority, and such pressures had destabilized ordinary people’s lives. The Convention proposes that the forthcoming presidential election should be launch pad for the establishment of a parliament with a majority of power to defeat all evil forces.

Resolution 6

Provisions are to be made to pay compensation for physical and property damages caused due to political victimization. While evidence of certain groups seems to have been misplaced or tampered with hindering the compensation process, a specific grace period to make complaints is to be provided to ascertain such incidents. Furthermore the subject minister is to be given sufficient authority to expedite and facilitate the process of granting relief to political victims. The congress also proposes to grant relief to all victims within a year from the date of presidential election.

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