Ranil defends Sajith on meeting with President


UNP leader Ranil Wickremesinghe says he had been aware that the party’s Deputy Leader Sajith Premadasa had talks with President Maithripala Sirisena early this year.

Wickremesinghe issued the following statement on a letterhead of the Prime Minister’s Office: "It has been brought to the notice of Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe a section of the media reported that UNP Deputy Leader Sajith Premadasa had met President Sirisena without the UNP leader’s knowledge. There is no basis of this news item. Sajith Premadasa had informed Wickreme-singhe before his meeting with President Sirisena and also briefed him following the meeting."

President Sirisena on Monday claimed at a public meeting near parliament that he invited former President Mahinda Rajapaksa to take premiership because both Karu Jayasuriya and Sajith Premadasa declined to accept the premiership.

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