The UNP’s Political
Affairs Committee on Friday decided that any candidate
to be fielded at the next presidential election under an
alliance would have to be a UNPer.
It was also decided
to negotiate with other political parties to form a
common front to contest the forthcoming elections.
UNP’s Deputy Leader
Karu Jayasuriya told The Sunday Leader that the
UNP has formed a committee to draft a set of proposals
to commence discussions with other political parties
interested in forming a joint alliance.
said it was too early to speak of a possible common
candidate who would contest the next presidential
election under a common alliance.
SLFP (M) Wing
Convener Mangala Samaraweera meanwhile told The
Sunday Leader that he was awaiting a response from
the UNP with regard to the formation of a joint
"We — the SLFP (M)
Wing, SLMC, DPF and civil society — have already
submitted a set of proposals to the UNP. It is now up to
the UNP to decide whether to go ahead with it," he said.
With regard to a
name for the alliance, Samaraweera said although there
have been several names that have been mentioned, a name
would be decided only after all parties agree on the
formation of the alliance.
As for the common
candidate to contest the next presidential election, he
said there was agreement amongst all interested parties
to form an alliance that whoever the candidate is,
he/she should have the approval of the UNP, as it would
be the main party in the alliance.
Samaraweera said deciding on a common candidate would be
a secondary matter as the most immediate step if an
alliance is formed would be to launch an island wide re-organisation
campaign to get the UNP’s election machinery back on