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Ranil best option for presidency: Prasanna

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Claiming that President Ranil Wickremesinghe should be given another chance to revive the economy and stabilize the country, Minister Prasanna Ranatunga said the incumbent President is the most suitable person to resolve the economic debacle the country is facing.

He said this during a meeting with SLPP local government members in Gampaha and Minuwangoda yesterday.

The Minister said the country is not in a situation to try out options and said any attempts to do so would plunge the country into deeper trouble.

“Presidential candidates are rampant today. There are various types of candidates. One cannot rule the country just like running a boutique or institute. Anyone can boast. But, everyone cannot perform. We have limited time to resolve the economic crisis and to establish a people-friendly government. Therefore, we have no chance to try out other candidates. This is not a time to experiment,” he said.

He said the SLPP has not decided to field a candidate from the party and added that he personally believes that the SLPP must support Ranil Wickremesinghe.

“People had elected presidents in the past to resolve national issues. Mahinda Rajapaksa was elected in 2004 to eliminate the war. Maithripala Sirisena was elected in 2015 to ensure good governance and Gotabaya Rajapaksa in 2019 to establish national security. So, today, we need to elect Ranil Wickremesinghe to presidency to revive the country’s economy,” he said.

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This week’s Cabinet decisions

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A number of decisions have been taken at the Cabinet meeting held yesterday (Feb.26).

The decisions taken by the Cabinet of Ministers are as follows:

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Non-academic university staff to launch 2-day token strike

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The non-academic staff members of state universities have decided to go on a two-day token strike over several demands including a salary hike.

Accordingly, the strike will be held tomorrow (Feb.28) and the day after (Feb.29), University Trade Union Joint Committee’s Dhammika Priyantha said.

The committee had also warned to resort to a continuous TU action if authorities fail to address their issues within a week.

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Uddika Premarathne resigns as MP

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Anuradhapura District’s SLPP MP Uddika Premarathne has handed over his letter of resignation as a Member of Parliament, Speaker Mahinda Yapa Abeywardena has confirmed.

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