Jan 28, 2019

No candidacy for Maithri, SLPP insists Featured

The SLPP has decided that incumbent Maithripala Sirisena would not be named the common candidate of the opposition at the next presidential election.

A top figure of the party told Sri Lanka Mirror that the president has already been informed unofficially about the decision.

However, SLFP national organizer Duminda Dissanayake has said that opposition leader Mahinda Rajapaksa and the SLPP should unconditionally support the incumbent’s candidacy.

Speaking to ‘Irida Divaina’, Dissanayake insisted that Sirisena should be the only candidate of the SLFP-led UPFA.

The SLPP has no ethical right to oppose him, he said, noting that president Sirisena protected Rajapaksa by appointing him as the prime minister, then as the opposition leader and also did not take action against his parliamentary seat after he obtained the SLPP membership.

Samarasinghe's warning

Also, SLFP spokesman Mahinda Samarasinghe has told ‘Anidda’ that there would be no alliance with the SLPP if that party did not give an assurance that Sirisena would be the presidential candidate.

Meanwhile, minister Mangala Samaraweera told a public meting in Matara yesterday (28) that the realization of a dream to elect a president from the UNP was not very far away.

He said all party supporters should work together to realize that dream.

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