Ranil will not step down
Apr 10, 2010 8:00:00 PM - aussieindolanka.com
Leader of the United National Party (UNP) Ranil Wickramasingha says he will not step down as the party leader despite the UNP losing the recent General Elections and attributes his party’s defeat on the electoral system and not a lack of faith in him.
Speaking to reporters at a press briefing in Colombo a short while ago, the UNP leader said that he will step down “when the time is right” and that now the party has a responsibility towards the voters who decided not to cast their vote.
He says that although the government was elected it had no clear mandate as most of the people had decided to avoid casting their votes. Election monitors had said that this was the worst voter turnout in recent times.
The UNP leader noted that usually approximately 75.9 % of the registered voters cast their votes in parliamentary polls but this time it was only 56 %, despite there being peace in the country with the end of the war last year.