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Sajith writes to PM; seeks secret ballot; wavers on abolishing presidency

UNP deputy leader Sajith Premadasa has written to PM Wickremesnghe seeking a secret ballot from among the party's Working Committee and Parliamentary Group.


Speaker willing to run for President; abolishing presidency high priority

Speaker Karu Jayasuriya set out some conditions today in order to consider entering the fray, with abolishing the executive presidency high on the agenda.


Abolishing executive presidency is not a viable electoral strategy

A successful election campaign today would be one that leads the people on current issues rather than abolishing the executive presidency, argues Jehan Perera.


Death of Truth at Shangri-La

The nation has reached a watershed moment – a matter that has escaped the comics whom we trusted and voted for in 2015 to abolish the aberration of the executive presidency.


Gota will fight global warming – Dullas

The SLPP said today that its presidential candidate Gotabaya Rajapaksa will take measures to fight the pressing issue of global warming.


UNP talks end well, but decision unclear

Talks between UNP leader Ranil Wickremesinghe and deputy leader Sajith Premadasa ended on a positive note last night, but the final decision remains unclear.


SLRC takeover shows ill-effects of executive presidency – Ashu

Bringing the SLRC under Defence Ministry control is one of many adverse effects of the executive presidency, UNP MP Prof Ashu Marasinghe said.


Compromise likely in today’s crucial UNP meeting?

The UNP's top two presidential hopefuls are likely to reach a compromise today, as they meet for a crucial discussion at 6pm at Temple Trees.


Ranil to run with Sajith as mate?

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe has indicated that he may field himself as the UNP's presidential candidate, with Deputy Leader Sajith Premadasa as his running mate.


UNP will nominate me with blessings of Ranil, Karu – Sajith

United National Party (UNP) Deputy Leader Sajith Premadasa yesterday said he expected to be named the party's presidential candidate with the blessings of party leader Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe and Speaker Karu Jayasuriya.


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