COLOMBO | Thursday Septeber 19, 2019 | NewsLanka | by Claude Gunasekera | Presidential candidate of the United National Party (UNP) will be announced in the next week said Minister Akila Viraj Kariyawasam, General Secretary of the UNP. He said it was informed by the UNP leader, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe.
Perhaps, Ranil Wickremesinghe himself might become the candidate as he is in the top of the list while the party deputy leader Sajith Preadasa is seen as in the second place. Althogh people talks about other names such as Speaker Karu Jayasuriya and Minister General Sarath Fonseka, their chances are not much realistic. The only battle is between Wickremesinghe and Preadasa.
Sajith Premadasa recently announced at a public gatering that he is contesting the forthcoming presidential elections but his statement did not clearly indicate through which political channel he would be contesting. There is also a rumor that President Sirisena is eagerly waiting to offer him the candidacy through his party Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP). Meanwhile Ranil Wickremesinghe also has said that he would be contesting this time as his last chance and if he fails he would be resigning from the party leadership.