"Mass action against undemocratic extension of presidential term" - Wickramasinghe

[TamilNet, Tuesday, 23 August 2005, 09:22 GMT]
United National Party (UNP) leader and leader of the Sri Lanka's opposition, Mr. Ranil Wickramasinghe, speaking at an election campaign held at Badulla Town Hall Monday warned against the moves to pressurize the election commissioner of Sri Lanka. Mr. Wickramasinghe resolved that his party will take the "masses to the streets" against Kumaratungas move to "stay in power a single day after the 22nd of December 2005." He hailed the success of UNP's recent "Peoples strength" showdown programme, claiming that the programme made his opponents to field their presidential candidate.

UNP campaign in Badulla
Mr. Ranil Wickramasinghe addressing the rally
UNP campaign in Badulla
Mr.K. Guruparan, former provincial council member and union activist of the UPFA obtained UNP membership from the party leader Ranil Wickremesinghe during the presidential rally held in Badulla
Noting that the Supreme Courts decision was also dragging, Mr. Wickramasinghe said: "People won't accept this sort of moves that pressurize the election commissioner who has all the right to resolve independently on the fate of the election."

The first success of UNP's "Peoples Strength" programme was that it alone made the opponents to field a presidential candidate, Wickramasinghe declared.

"The same people who denied of a presidential election have appointed their presidential candidate," he said.

Claiming that he had no doubt that the United National Party (UNP) will be elected with overwhelming majority, the UNP leader said: "We won't accept the present President as the President of Sri Lanka only a single day after the 22nd of December this year. The presidential election should be held before the 22nd of December 2005. This is the constitution rule of this country."

"The minority government can't be in power continuously. It is illegal and undemocratic. It is illegal to have a Prime Minister from a party that has lost its majority in Parliament," he said.

UNP campaign in Badulla
A section of the crowd attending the United National party Presidential election rally held in Badulla

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