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President rules out snap presidential election

7 December 2018 09:02 pm - 10     - {{hitsCtrl.values.hits}}


President Maithripala Sirisena today ruled out a snap presidential election despite several parties such as the United National Party (UNP) urging him to so.

He told Daily Mirror that he would not act according to the political agendas of others.

Under the country's Constitution, the President can declare a presidential election at any time after four years if he intended to seek a fresh mandate.

“If there is a snap presidential election, only I have to declare it. I have no intention of doing so. I am not ready to comply with the political agendas of others,” the President said.

When asked whether he would contest for a second term at the presidential election scheduled for later next year, he said it was too early to decide on it.

“There is no need to decide on it now. If you look at the past one month, politics has been riddled with happenings on an hourly basis. As media personnel, you all have so many news stories. That is what happened during the past five weeks. Who could say what will happen in a period of one year from now? We cannot say anything now,” he said. (Kelum Bandara)

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  Comments - 10

  • Saman Friday, 07 December 2018 09:11 PM

    I don't think even SLPP would gamble with this guy as the presidential candidate and putting their plan in jeopardy. Zero chance of winning this guy again.

    Summa Friday, 07 December 2018 09:11 PM

    This lunatic destroyed SLFP !, destroyed presidency !! , destroyed our country !!!. Let's believe in Karma and divine intervention !!!!

    Common Sense Friday, 07 December 2018 09:13 PM

    What ever you say, the holding of the Presidential election as soon as possible is the best solution for stability for Sri Lanka, that means for US ALL.

    das Friday, 07 December 2018 09:14 PM

    Everything that happened is one person's fault. Any guesses?

    Palitha Friday, 07 December 2018 09:14 PM

    Asking for general election is also base on political agenda of maitree and mahinda

    Karu Friday, 07 December 2018 09:22 PM

    We understand. Astrologers never know their own destiny.

    Ryan Friday, 07 December 2018 09:31 PM

    My3 is very mature

    Sofia Friday, 07 December 2018 09:42 PM

    Oh no. No one knows what more madness will be wreaked on this country in one year.

    Moiez Friday, 07 December 2018 09:51 PM

    We know you will lose even if you contest presidential election, so get lost and solve present problem.

    Veda mama Monday, 10 December 2018 04:21 PM

    Aiyo!! Dan num hethan-nawath epa. Mata “no chance”

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