A newly-formed political alliance led by Nimal Lanza has announced that it would support incumbent Ranil Wickremesinghe at the next presidential election.
The grouping made its launch at its head office at Rajagiriya yesterday (01) with its key figures Lanza, operations leader Anura Priyadarshana Yapa and Priyankara Jayaratne present among others.
“From today, the new alliance is actively starting its political operations. We will work as a strong, extensive group to support the president at the presidential election,” MP Lanza said.
He expected president Wickremesinghe to hold presidential polls first, followed by parliamentary, provincial council and local government elections.
He went onto say that they have initiated a dialogue with 71 MPs presently functioning as independents to form the new alliance.
“We will be able to form the broadest alliance with the highest number of MPs and parties,” he claimed.
Lanza made it clear that his alliance will not stand together with the SLPP.
We’re at a decisive juncture – Yapa
Operations leader of the alliance Yapa told the gathering that they were at a decisive juncture and stressed the need for a look back to fulfill their political ideology.
“We will not be able to do it as it had been then. But, we have to think how to do something new for the people by bringing both the present and the future together,” he said.