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Speaker recognises Ranil as Opp. Leader

Formally recognising United National Party (UNP) leader Ranil Wickremesinghe, Speaker Karu Jayasuriya said today that his decision upheld parliamentary tradition.

However, in a tweet posted this afternoon, Jayasuriya indicated that he is not unsympathetic to defeated presidential candidate Sajith Premadasa’s cause.

This comes in the wake of reports that Jayasuriya was playing the role of peacemaker in an increasingly fractured UNP.

A source close to him told RepublicNext yesterday that the Speaker is “trying to bring Sajith Premadasa and Ranil Wickremesinghe together, and that meeting will happen today or tomorrow.”

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