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Asian Tribune is published by E-LANKA MEDIA(PVT)Ltd. Vol. 20 No. 82

Post-UPFA: Options and Scenarios

[b]By Tissaranee Gunasekera [/b]

[i][b]This fabulous song of madness….”[/b][/i]
[b]Nietzsche[/b] ([i]Thus Spake Zarathustra[/i])

The Presidential race has begun – at least as far as Ranil Wickremesinghe is concerned. The UNF election campaign which commenced with a meeting held at the “Sirikotha” hall (turned into something assembling a discotheque for the occasion, much to the bewilderment of the traditional party faithful) has – understandably - shifted into high gear with the collapse of the main obstacle to a Ranil Wickremesinghe victory, the existence of the alliance between the SLFP and the JVP.

The UNF leader is scathingly critical of the President and her government clearly indicating that despite the President’s recent charm offensive he is far from being in a reconciliatory mood; he is also making no bones about his determination to have the Presidential election this December and not next December.

Ranil Wickremesinghe’s single-minded determination to win the Presidency is likely to determine all his actions the next few months. P-TOMS has no interest for him; once he is in he can give the Tigers something far more substantial. The Tigers are unlikely to insist that he backs the P-TOMS now, if it jeopardises his chances to make it to the top in a few months.

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