SL prez polls: Premadasa hints at new PM if elected

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Colombo, Nov 8 (IANS) Sri Lanka’s New Democratic Front’s (NDF) presidential candidate Sajith Premadasa has reiterated that he would appoint a new Prime Minister who could command a majority in Parliament if he was elected to office.

“I will replace the current corrupt administration of this country, I will bring about a new youthful, clean and skilful political culture and I will take firm and direct steps in this direction,” The Daily Financial Times quoted Premadasa as saying in a statement on Thursday.

The presidential aspirant also said there would be no room in his Cabinet for those accused of corruption.

Premadasa, also the incumbent Minister of Housing Construction and Cultural Affairs, added that he would also take steps to hold a Parliamentary Election and set up a stable Government once elected.

A record 35 candidates have filed their nominations for the island nation’s eighth presidential election. Nearly 16 million of the country’s 21 million people are eli ..

Sajith is the son of late President Ranasinghe Premadasa, who ruled the country with an iron fist before he was assassinated by a Tamil suicide bomber on May 1, 1993.

–IANS

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