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* Present government cannot be defeated by any conspiracy - Minister Mangala
Sat, Apr 20, 2019, 11:39 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Apr 20, Matara: The present United National party led government cannot be defeated by any conspiracy Finance Minister Mangala Samaraweera said today addressing an event held in Matara to mark 30 years of his parliamentary political life.

A two-day photography exhibition named "Three decades of Matara Story" celebrating the Matara district parliamentarian's political life was opened under his patronage today at the Nupe Cultural Center in Matara.

A large number of political representatives including former Chief Minister of Southern Province Mr. HD Sirisena were present at the event.

Speaking to media after the event, Minister Samaraweera said no one can defeat the present government and it was proven during the political crisis last year.

"We will not allow anyone to easily topple this government no matter how many powerful people attempted to grab the power. We have shown that during the 52-day coup," the Minister said.

He said after this year's presidential election and the general election, a solid UNP government will be formed. "No one can stop our victory," he added.

Responding to questions regarding the next presidential candidate from the UNP, the Minister said a "democratic" discussion is in progress now to select the best candidate who can bring victory to the party.

"Unlike other parties whose Presidential candidates are chosen by family members, UNP being a democratic party will select its candidate after consultations with the Parliamentary Group, Working Committee, rank and file," the Minister said.

"As the only party functioning as a real democratic party in Sri Lanka, the party will select a candidate according to the democratic principles on the opinions of the parliamentary group, working committee of the party and the members of UNP regional committees."

The Minister said the party's victory at the polls is certain and it will be the biggest political victory Sri Lankan people will observe after the victory of former president Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga.

A special celebration on the Minister Samaraweera's political life will be held tomorrow at the Rabindranath Tagore Auditorium in the Ruhuna University under the patronage of former Minister of Finance Ronnie Mel and Parliamentarian R. Sampanthan.

The keynote speech on the three decades of political journey will be delivered by the Senior Journalist Victor Ivan. A biographical book written by Nihal Jagathchandra on the special events of Minister's life will also be released.


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