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 Karu Jayasuriya set out some conditions today in order to consider entering the fray, with abolishing the executive presidency high on the agenda.
A successful election campaign today would be one that leads the people on current issues rather than abolishing the executive presidency, argues Jehan Perera.
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.
The SLPP said today that its presidential candidate Gotabaya Rajapaksa will take measures to fight the pressing issue of global warming.
Talks between UNP leader Ranil Wickremesinghe and deputy leader Sajith Premadasa ended on a positive note last night, but the final decision remains unclear.
Bringing the SLRC under Defence Ministry control is one of many adverse effects of the executive presidency, UNP MP Prof Ashu Marasinghe said.
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.
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.
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.