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* MP Ranjan Ramanayake likely to be opposition's Chief Ministerial candidate for Sri Lanka's Western Province
Sat, Feb 1, 2014, 10:07 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Feb 01, Colombo: Sri Lanka's main opposition United National Party (UNP) is likely to appoint the party's Ratnapura District parliamentarian Ranjan Ramanayake, a popular actor turned politician , as the UNP's chief ministerial candidate for the Western Provincial Council election.

UNP sources have said that following lengthy discussions, the UNP nominations board is now considering Ramanayake's request to contest as the party's chief ministerial candidate for the Western Province at the forthcoming elections.

The UNP nominations board has discussed the matter during meetings on Thursday and Friday.

It is learnt that if the party decides to appoint Ramanayake, as the chief ministerial candidate for the Western Province, he would contest from the Gampaha District.

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