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Ranil refuses to step down, accuses pro-reformists of trying to create a clash

Aug 16, 2011 3:38:46 PM - www.ft.lk

Colombo page:  Opposition Leader and leader of the United National Party (UNP) Ranil Wickremesinghe said yesterday that he is “everybody’s leader” and that the pro-reforms group led by Sajith Premadasa in the party was trying to create a clash at the party’s Working Committee meeting.

Making a special statement to the press yesterday Wickremesinghe said the only matter to be discussed at the Working Committee would be the forthcoming local government elections.
The pro-reforms group has called the public to participate in a rally to send the “Dictator Ranil Home” on August 17 at 2 pm in front of the party headquarters SiriKotha where the Working Committee meeting is to take place.
Wickremesinghe said the pro-reformists were trying to prevent the appointment of the nominations board for the local government elections.
He added that those who participate in the sathyagraha organised by the pro-reformists would not be considered members of the party.  Wickremesinghe stubbornly said that he was not willing to answer the accusations levelled by the reformist group.  However, Wickremesinghe said that he is everybody’s leader including the ones who are criticising him.  The reformists say it has been proven that from the past several elections that the present government has no challenge from the opposition under Wickremesinghe’s leadership and removing Wickremesinghe from the leadership is the first step to remove the present government from power.

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