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* Sri Lanka main opposition party to decide on deputy leader soon
Tue, Aug 26, 2014, 12:17 am SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Aug 25, Colombo: The Working Committee of Sri Lanka's main opposition United National Party (UNP) will meet soon to make a decision on the party’s Deputy Leader position, UNP media spokesman Gayantha Karunatilaka told a media conference on Monday.

He said a date has not been decided for the Working Committee to meet yet since the members are busy with the election campaign in the Uva Province.

The leader of the UNP Ranil Wickremasinghe is supposedly to propose the party senior Hambantota district MP Sajith Premadasa to the deputy leader post at the Working Committee meeting.

Responding to media questions Karunatilaka said all the party members are lining up now to support the party's chief ministerial candidate for the Uva Province former MP Harin Fernando at the elections next month.

"All our party leaders are attending to their assigned tasks and responsibilities now with the single goal to defeat the government and to ensure the victory for the party at the elections," the UNP spokesperson said.

He said the ruling party's chief ministerial candidate Sashendra Rajapaksa is distributing gifts of toilet bowls and sewing machines to the plantation workers in the Province to win the votes but this time the people in the Uva Province will not fall for the tricks.

Karunathilaka said the UNP Chief Ministerial candidate Harin Fernando has challenged Sashendra Rajapaksa for a debate on TV but the former Chief Minister is evading the request.

He asked why the chief minister is reluctant to take up the challenge if he has developed the UV province as he had claimed. He said Rajapaksa should take up the challenge posed by Harin Fernando for a public debate.

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