Maithri next Presidential candidate: SB

11 January 2017 06:20 am - 14     - {{hitsCtrl.values.hits}}


SLFP Chairman President Maithripala Sirisena would be the next Presidential candidate of the SLFP, Social Empowerment and Welfare Minister S.B. Dissanayake said yesterday.

He said party’s women and youth councils and trade unions attached to the SLFP demanded that President Sirisena should be fielded as the Presidential candidate and added that however he had not expressed his views on the matter.

Minister Dissanayake told a news conference that even though he as the common candidate had vowed not to contest as the presidential candidate again, he would have to abide by the request of the party having undertaken the chairmanship of the party with the consent of the party’s majority.

He said the SLFP and UNP unity government had more work to do adding that the unity government had gained a lot of victories to the country.

“There are people who are opposed to the unity government both in the UNP and SLFP. I would like to tell them that we have been able to obtain many victories as a unity government,” he said.

Mr. Dissanayake said there were some issues in the UNP and the SLFP unity government over several matters such as strengthening government service, privatization and foreign investments.

“If we are to develop the country, eliminate poverty and resolve the issue of unemployment, we need foreign investment. We need to provide them with required facilities and lands,” he said.

He said the government was planning to bring in foreign investment and factories to the country next few years. (Ajith Siriwardana)


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  Comments - 14

  • tharun Wednesday, 11 January 2017 12:03 PM

    also not doing any development work for 2 years

    ajitha keshakambila Wednesday, 11 January 2017 12:34 PM

    we all feel Mr. S.B.Dissanayake is the best candidate for this via DM iOS App

    KAnchi Wednesday, 11 January 2017 12:36 PM

    Not to MR but RW

    ceylon Wednesday, 11 January 2017 12:39 PM

    before the next do the work for him for what . via DM Android App

    Sincere Wednesday, 11 January 2017 02:20 PM

    Yes. We know it. That is exactly what he said in his inaugural rally in Kandy that day.

    Jagath Leanage Wednesday, 11 January 2017 06:40 AM

    If so , he too will called as former president after 2020.

    Premalal Wednesday, 11 January 2017 07:12 AM

    It is a very logical choice. In two years he solved thre of the country's most pressing problems .Now girls can't throw their bras at a rock cocert, government servants do not have to wear western attire and abusing government vehicles is the biggest form of corruption. He will be the President for life.

    Avisenna Wednesday, 11 January 2017 05:09 PM

    Surely he can win by a landslide when he finally accept membership of UNP with his central committee as possibly planned. via DM Android App

    Rambo Wednesday, 11 January 2017 05:13 PM

    Bring on Gota

    TONY Wednesday, 11 January 2017 05:29 PM


    Harith Wednesday, 11 January 2017 05:49 PM

    Even if he does not contest still he will be a former president. What difference does it have so.

    Harith Wednesday, 11 January 2017 05:49 PM

    Maithree Ta Jaya Wewa

    Kiris Baba Amaray Wednesday, 11 January 2017 10:09 AM

    At least he should fulfill his promises - sending the previous regime nasty culprits from Mahinda and his family members. Then he could be the next President for sure.

    Kadupol Jothywansa Wednesday, 11 January 2017 10:11 AM

    Yes he is a honest person, it is OK. But he is scared to MR

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