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President offered PM post 71 times, I politely declined each time on principle: Sajith Premadasa

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Deputy Leader of the UNP and Housing and Construction Minister Sajith Premadasa has observed that President Maithripala Sirisena had offered him the post of Prime Minister on 71 occasions and that was ten times prior to October 26 and 61 times after that and that on each occasion he had politely declined as a matter of principle.

He was speaking at an event held to welcome him in Tangalle Town recently. He said:

"I declined on a matter of principle as I opposed the President’s action of removing the legitimate Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe on October 26 and the unconstitutional dissolution of Parliament on November 9, which was subsequently reversed by the Supreme Court."

He went on that the violent scenes by some UPFA MPs in the Parliament Chamber on November 16 last year, were led by the "Father-Son" Combine. The UNP-led UNF MPs had watched patiently while doing everything possible to protect Speaker Karu Jayasuriya and also to prevent violence that was directed at Parliament Staff, Police, equipment, furniture and books including the Bible, by a group of aggressive UPFA MPs.






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