Sajith steps down as UNP’s deputy leader, conveys wishes to Gotabaya
Posted on November 17th, 2019

Ada Derana

Minister Sajith Premadasa, who contested at the forefront in the Presidential Election 2019 from New Democratic Front (NDF), has announced his decision to step down as Deputy Leader of the United National Party (UNP) with immediate effect.

Minister Harin Fernando, taking to his official Facebook account today (17), published a special statement from Minister Premadasa.

Accordingly, DNF contender has conveyed his wishes to the seventh President of Sri Lanka, Gotabaya Rajapaksa, who contested in the Presidential race and currently leading the election results.

It is my privilege to honour the decision of the people and congratulate Mr. Gotabaya Rajapaksa on his election as the seventh President of Sri Lanka,” Premadasa said in his special statement.

Premadasa says the country has witnessed the most peaceful Presidential Election in the history of its independent republic. This was a result of the democratic gains and institutional reforms that have taken place over the last five years that empowered an independent elections commission and restored the rule of law, Premadasa said further.

He appealed to the incoming President is that he would take this process forward and strengthen and protect the democratic institutions and values.

Premadasa expressed his gratitude for those who assisted him in his presidential bid and the people who stood by him through his political journey.

The complete statement of Minister Sajith Premadasa is as follows:

At the conclusion of a hard-fought and spirited election campaign, it is my privilege to honour the decision of the people and congratulate Mr. Gotabaya Rajapaksa on his election as the seventh President of Sri Lanka.

I express my heartfelt gratitude to all of our citizens who voted for me, in all corners of the island. I am humbled that you placed your faith in me. Your support has been a fountain of strength throughout my twenty-six-year-long political career. I also wish to place on record my gratitude to all those who worked tirelessly on my campaign. My family and I will never forget your sacrifice and dedication.

We have just witnessed the most peaceful presidential election in the history of our independent republic. This was a result of the democratic gains and institutional reforms that have taken place over the last five years that empowered an independent election commission and restored the rule of law. My appeal to the incoming President is that he take this process forward and strengthen and protect the democratic institutions and values that enabled his peaceful election as the 7th President of Sri Lanka. I also urge Mr. Rajapaksa to ensure that the post-election environment is peaceful and that no citizen or NDF party supporter is persecuted or harmed for their role in supporting my candidacy.

For 26 years, I have been an active politician in this country. During that time, I have made every effort to serve the people, in my home district of Hambantota and wherever and whenever they needed my assistance. It has been my privilege to serve as Housing Minister in this Government for five years, prioritizing the creation of a home-owning society by 2025. I hope the people understand that these were sincere, heartfelt efforts to uplift the lives of my fellow citizens.

In light of today’s decision by the electorate, I have decided to step down as Deputy Leader of the United National Party with immediate effect.

In the coming weeks, in consultation with all those who supported my presidential bid, the people who have stood by me through my political journey and my loved ones, I will reflect on the future of my political career and where my life will take me hereafter. Bound to the people of Sri Lanka, I remain their faithful servant, today and always.

One Response to “Sajith steps down as UNP’s deputy leader, conveys wishes to Gotabaya”

  1. Ancient Sinhalaya Says:

    Maranasinha(la) premadasa jnr should say goodbye to politics. Your father, traitor alugosuwa (to Sinhalese
    Buddhists only) lk porisada [email protected] killed 60,000+ mercilessly. Then it sent 600+ policemen in the east to catholic
    tigers of tamil drealam, supplied weapons to kill our own soldiers, lowered the percentage to enter the thieves
    den aka parliament which saw it being filled with mussies. Those mussies then landed powerful ministries and promoted mussie baby farms (vote factories), even imported mussies from other countries and cleared our
    forests to settle down them (baby farms). Today, Sri Lanka is a melting pot, thanks to GooandPee traitor alugosuwas (all against Sinhalese Buddhists only) thambi mudiyanselage [email protected], lk porisada [email protected], traitor chief die
    hard catholic token Buddhist Batalande wa(n)dakaya Pol Pot [email protected]_leech wickrama Sinhala killer.

    You GooandPee aka UNPatriotic_rats, you have done irreparable damage to the Sinhalese race, Mother Lanka and
    Buddhism. DISBAND GooandPee and get lost or go to Jaffna or Kaththankudi to live with your separatist brethren.
    Traitor low lives, we curse you no end, future Sinhalese generations too! Hang Pol Pot [email protected]_leech for all the ills
    (other two are already) Mother Lanka, Sinhalese race and Buddhism facing today!

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