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The UNP’s 70th Anniversary Convention was held under the theme ‘come forth to progress in a new country’, at the Borella Campbell grounds in Colombo today.
The ceremony was held under the patronage of party leader Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe.
President Maithripala Sirisena attended the ceremony as the Chief Guest and former President Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaranatunga also participated at the event.
The convention was held with the participation of leaders of all religions, parliamentarians as well as a large number of party supporters.
Party Secretary Minister Kabir Hashim presented the manifesto comprising 9 proposals for the anniversary convention, while Chairman of the party Minister Malik Samarawickrama seconded it.
Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe inquired the stance of the party supporters with regard to the proposals and announced that the proposals were passed unanimously.
The anniversary convention proposals include several suggestions including equal treatment to everyone, offering equal opportunities, upgrading the state of women, eliminating poverty and offering new employment opportunities.
Meanwhile, a special memento including an image of the founder of SLFP S.W.R.D. Bandaranaike was presented to the Chief Guest of the ceremony President Maithripala Sirisena by the Premier to mark the 70th anniversary of the party.
In addition, a memento comprising an image of the first female prime Minister of Sri Lanka Sirimavo Bandaranaike was presented to former President Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaranatunga by Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe.
Addressing the ceremony, Minister Kabir Hashim noted that the aim of the UNP is to act as a party which respects its policies by evolving to suit the requirements of the country.
Later President Maithripala Sirisena addressed the gathering, stating that SLFP and the UNP will be able to work in collaboration towards building a unitary nation.