SJB pledges to make Ranjan a WC member

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Opposition Leader Sajith Premadasa pledged to appoint former MP Ranjan Ramanayake to the Samagi Jana Balawegaya (SJB) working committee.

Premadasa confirmed this on his official Twitter account on 27 August saying, “People’s hero Ramanayake will be made a member of the SJB working committee and a member of the SJB parliamentary group. He will also spearhead the anti-corruption effort of the Party.

The SJB’s pledge comes after Sri Lankan actor and politician Ramanayake was granted a special pardon on 26 August.

Ramanayake was sentenced to four years jail for contempt of court on the 12 January 2021. He was issued a conditional presidential pardon by President Ranil Wickremesinghe on 26 August 2022, and his imprisonment years were reduced by two years.  Following his conviction, Ramanayake’s parliamentary seat was abolished on 7 April 2021.

BY Nabiya Vaffoor