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Friday, 06 September 2019 - 9:52
UNP SENIORS TO MEET TODAY FOR A SPECIAL DISCUSSION
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Senior UNP ministers and parliamentarians are due to hold a special discussion today with Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe regarding the upcoming presidential election and the party's future course of action.

Accordingly, senior ministers and parliamentarians have been asked to arrive at Temple Trees at 10.30 am. The formation of the coalition led by the United National Party is also scheduled to be discussed at this meeting.

 It is reported that a group of UNP MPs have complained to the party Leader regarding a campaign carried out by some UNP members to forcibly obtain signatures from the party members requesting that Sajith Premadasa be nominated as the Presidential candidate.

Political sources say that several non-cabinet ministers have launched a campaign to obtain signatures forcibly from party members.

It is reported that they have stated that they will get Sajith nominated in one way or the other and then once he is nominated, he will proceed to win the election and once he becomes President, he will automatically become the party leader according to the party constitution. Therefore, these non-cabinet ministers have threatened the MPs stating that if they abstain from signing the petition requesting Sajith be nominated as the Presidential candidate that they would also have to let go of any desire of contesting the future parliamentary elections.

It is reported that the Backbencher MPs have telephoned the Prime Minister and complained while he was in the Maldives.

Meanwhile, the third rally demanding the presidential candidacy be given to Minister Sajith Premadasa was held at the Kurunegala Sathyavadi Grounds yesterday.
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