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The United National Party’s debacle – now in fifth place with less than three percent of the votes

The UNP party headquarters in Pitakotte/EconomyNext

ECONOMYNEXT – The United National Party (UNP) is headed for an ignominious defeat at the Parliamentary elections coming in fifth place behind the National People’s Power and the Ilankai Tamil Arasu Katchi.

It has so far failed to garner more than 3 percent of the vote.

The Samagi Jana Balavegaya (SJB), the breakaway party of the UNP has been a constant number two garnering around 20 per cent of the votes behind the ruling the ruling Sri Lanka Podu Jana Peramuna which is leading with nearly 70 per cent.

The split in Sri Lanka’s Grand Old Party opened up just before the Presidential Elections last year when Sajith Premadasa challenged long-time leader Ranil Wickremesinghe for the presidential nomination.

The tussle hampered Premadasa’s campaign where he was trounced by President Gotabaya Rajapaksa by more than a million votes.

After the heavy defeat, the UNP descended into chaos, and as Premadasa was permitted to lead an alliance headed by the UNP, Wickremesinghe engineered a spat over the Elephant symbol and the split became a divide.

The SJB attracted most of the sitting UNP Members of Parliament before the election was officially called.

Tonight, a large police contingent was deployed around the UNP’s headquarters at Pitakotte. (Colombo, August 6, 2020)

Reported by Arjuna Ranawana

 

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