Lankapage Logo Recent Top Stories
Go Home Home Serving the Sri Lankan community globally since 2000
go to

Leading News from Sri Lanka::

* Sri Lanka main opposition leaders discussing strategies to form a united front at elections
Sat, Jun 7, 2014, 10:18 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

June 07, Colombo: Senior leaders of Sri Lanka's man opposition United National Party (UNP) are discussing a settlement between Opposition Leader Ranil Wickremasinghe and the rebel leader Hambantota District Parliamentarian Sajith Premadasa in order to form a united front to face an anticipated presidential election, sources close to the party had said.

Sources further have said that a group of UNP seniors are in an effort to materialize a deal between the two leaders who are against each other for many years after a struggle by Premadasa to oust Wickremasinghe from the party leader position, according to a report in Asia Mirror.

According to the settlement being discussed, Premadasa is to be named as the Prime Minister candidate of the UNP, sources said.

The party believes that a presidential candidate should be fielded from a main political party in the country and Wickremasinghe has already announced that he would vie for the party's candidacy for the upcoming Presidential election.

It is expected that with such a move to select Premadasa as Wickremasinghe's running mate and with the leadership of the senior leader Karu Jayasuriya as the Chairman of the party's Leadership Council, the party will be able to strengthen its position and form a formidable front against the ruling party.

However, the Marxist party Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) which acted the role of king maker in Sri Lanka in some recent elections has already rejected to accept Wickremasinghe as the common candidate of the opposition.

ColomboPage - Recent 10 Stories
CA Sri Lanka offering CPFA qualification for senior public servants
-- [27 minutes ago]
UN scales up support to Sri Lankan government's peacebuilding and development agendas
President to instruct Provincial Councils on spending their allocations based on priority of development
Sri Lanka judiciary rules financial crime investigating unit is legal
High level ministerial meeting to counter drug trafficking in Colombo on 29 October
Sri Lanka Central Bank teams up with Inland Revenue Department to fight money laundering, terrorist financing
Sri Lanka government values the work of the United Nations in the country - Foreign Minister
Sri Lanka's Northern Province Chief Minister refuses to hoist LTTE flag at an event in London - report
Norwegian tall ship Sørlandet visits Sri Lanka's Port of Colombo
Cricket legends Kumar Sangakkara and Mahela Jayawardene join EU in Sri Lanka to raise awareness in violence against women

Copyright © 2000, 2014 by (LLC) :
The news and other contents on ColomboPage are copyrighted property of, LLC. Any unauthorized use of any information on ColomboPage may constitute a violation of copyright laws. You need written permission to reproduce, republish, post, transmit, broadcast or distribute, material from this site from, LLC. However, news organizations or broadcasters in Sri Lanka may republish the news items in ColomboPage with proper acknowledgment to ColomboPage.