New Democratic Front (NDF) Presidential candidate Sajith Premadasa has conceded defeat at the just concluded Presidential election.
Premadasa, in a special statement congratulated Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP) Presidential candidate Gotabaya Rajapaksa on his victory at the election.
Premadasa has also announced his intention to step down as the Deputy Leader of the United National Party (UNP).
“For 26 years, I have been an active politician in this country. During that time, I have made every effort to serve the people, in my home district of Hambantota and wherever and whenever they needed my assistance. It has been my privilege to serve as Housing Minister in this Government for five years, prioritizing the creation of a home-owning society by 2025. I hope the people understand that these were sincere, heartfelt efforts to uplift the lives of my fellow citizens. In light of today’s decision by the electorate, I have decided to step down as Deputy Leader of the United National Party with immediate effect,” he said.
He also urged Rajapaksa to ensure that the post-election environment is peaceful, and that no citizen or NDF party supporter is persecuted or harmed for their role in supporting his candidacy.
Premadasa said that he will now reflect on the future of his political career and where his life will take him hereafter.