All+set+for+SLPP+national+convention%3B+Joint+Opposition+leaders+aware+of+the+candidate
Sunday, 11 August 2019 - 13:16
All set for SLPP national convention; Joint Opposition leaders aware of the candidate
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All arrangements have been made to hold the national convention of the Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna today.

The convention is set to be held at 3 pm this afternoon at the Sugathadasa Indoor Stadium.

It is also reported that the Presidential candidate of the SLPP will be announced at today’s convention.

Former Minister Basil Rajapakse stated that leadership of the SLPP will be handed over to Opposition Leader Mahinda Rajapakse.

Deputy Chairman of the SLFP, MP Mahinda Amaraweera states that he would like to congratulate the SLPP’s maiden convention although the SLFP would not participate in the convention.

Meanwhile, SLFP MP’s who quit the government have received invitations to participate in the first convention held by the Sri Lanka Podu Jana Peramuna.

MP S.B Dissanayaka stated that the 16 member group will attend the SLPP convention.

However, The national organiser of the SLFP, MP Duminda Dissanayaka stated that although they have received the invitations, it is not the appropriate time to attend the convention.

Hence, MP Duminda Dissanayaka stated that they have decided not to participate in the convention.

Meanwhile a special party leaders’ meeting was held at the official residence of opposition leader Mahinda Rajapaksa in Wijerama last night.

Parliamentarian Wimal Weerawansa who participated in the meeting said that opposition leader informed all party leaders regarding the presidential candidate who is scheduled to be announced today.

Addressing the media following the meeting Parliamentarian Wasudeva Nanayakkara said that further discussions are underway in creating an alliance with the SLNP.

Meanwhile Acting Assistant Secretary for South and Central Asia Alice Wells who is currently on an official visit in the island, met opposition leader Mahinda Rajapaksa this morning.

The opposition leader’s media unit said that the US ambassador to Sri Lanka Alaina Teplitz was also present at this meeting which was held at the opposition leader’s official residence in Wijerama.
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