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* Sri Lanka Opposition Leader confident of forming a UNP government before New Year
Fri, Mar 5, 2010, 09:25 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Mar 05, Colombo: Sri Lanka's leader of main opposition United National Party (UNP) Ranil Wickremasinghe on Thursday (4) said that his party would form the next government before the Sinhala and Hindu New Year in April and he would ensure that it would not be dissolved in two years.

Addressing a meeting of UNP members in Kalutara, Wickremasinghe said that he would address the immediate needs of the people like increasing wages and reducing the cost of living.

The opposition leader blamed the government for not providing relief to the public from the cost of living that is spiraling and the rising prices of essential commodities.

"The country's economy is in shambles. People can hardly eke out a living while the salaries of the state and private sectors are at a standstill. In this situation, how can the people celebrate a New Year?" Wickremasinghe questioned.

He noted that the people would be benefited by a reduced cost of living and increased wages within one year after forming a UNP government.

"I would not allow parliament to be dissolved in two years. Relief would be given to the people from the first year," Wickremasinghe said.

The last UNP-led government under former President Chandrika Kumaratunga was dissolved two years after it assumed office in December 2001.

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