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Mangala defends Ranil, promises Dec 8 showdown

United National Party’s (UNP) recent prize catch and former SLFP heavyweight Mangala Samaraweera, who has just been entrusted the task of helping out with the UNP’s publicity, defends his besieged leader Ranil Wickremesinghe. Mangala insists that, at grassroot level, UNPers are still with Ranil, and they only want unity within the party. And this strength they hope to show to the country by bringing one million UNPers to Colombo on December 8, on the third month of passing the controversial 18th Amendment.

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Sajith wants ‘all or nothing’

The chief contender for UNP leadership, Sajith Premadasa, now says there is no room for compromise solutions to the party crisis, such as elevating incumbent leader Ranil Wickremesinghe to a position of senior leader, and is demanding full implementation of reforms beyond what has already been adopted by the party Working Committee.
“Playing musical chairs with artificial positions and traditional positions in the party is not the order of the day,” he insists.

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UNP leadership has become a complete joke: Upul Jayasuriya

Upul Jayasinghe, general secretary of the National Lawyers Association, an affiliated body of UNP, who voiced his concerns over the party’s present leadership a few months ago, is of the opinion that the party will not survive any longer unless the party members unite and oust leader Ranil Wickremesinghe physically

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