Video: No issues on MR contesting again: UNP

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The United National Party (UNP) does not see the incumbent President Mahinda Rajapaksa contesting for a third term at a future presidential election as a major issue, General Secretary Tissa Attanayake said today.

He told a media briefing that his party did not see President Rajapaksa contesting for a third term as a problem because he could be defeated by a joint effort of all opposition parties.

“A Supreme Court interpretation will be necessary in the event the President decides to contest for a third term and the ultimate result of such a scenario is obvious when taking into account the status of the judiciary today.” The UNP General Secretary said.

He hinted at the possibility of fielding a common opposition candidate when he said the party had decided to have discussions with other opposition parties on working out a common agenda.

Mr. Attanayake said the UNP had actually begun discussions with other political parties including some in the Government.

“We are on the verge of arriving at an agreement with some members of the government to work together at the next presidential election,” he said and added that any common platform of join opposition political parties should be led by the UNP because it had an 80 per cent stake.

However the UNP General Secretary said any common platform of the join opposition should be led by the UNP as the party has an 80 percent stake in the total number of opposition votes.

Meanwhile Mr. Attanayake asked whether the Catholic Church in Sri Lanka had reached an agreement with the Government on holding a presidential election in the midst of the papal visit.

“The church has insisted that the election be held before the Pope’s visit to Sri Lanka and therefore we wonder when the election will be held,” he added. (Yohan Perera and Sanath Desmond)


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  • Ryan Tuesday, 07 October 2014 05:50 AM

    [quote name="ms"]Yes , next president will be MR. We should support him. Who is other candidate which can match MR.[/quote]
    sorry.com

    gayan Monday, 06 October 2014 10:30 AM

    Thissa , yes , no question on MR 's candidature in next pres. election.bcs definitly the common opp.candidate will win.

    mount Monday, 06 October 2014 04:16 PM

    NEXT PRESIDENT OF SRI LANKA IS MAHINDA RAJAPAKSA in 2015.

    kumara attanayakak Monday, 06 October 2014 02:36 PM

    TISSA TISSA MUWA DUTUWADA??? MOKO BAYADA???

    zakir Tuesday, 07 October 2014 12:01 PM

    mr is the right person to lead the country once again no doubt he is one of the best in the world. when unp comes also the same goods may increase no doubt via DM Android App

    mnsamrt Tuesday, 07 October 2014 06:39 AM

    Again voters are going to be kings for a day.... Election day....

    lankaputh Tuesday, 07 October 2014 01:16 AM

    [quote name="ms"]Yes , next president will be MR. We should support him. Who is other candidate which can match MR.[/quote]
    You are day dreaming.

    joseph Tuesday, 07 October 2014 06:52 AM

    This is statement coming from a very confident opposition

    Muthyavan. Tuesday, 07 October 2014 07:36 PM

    If there were to be a common candidate like it happen in 1994. There will be a 80 oo support from masses. via DM iPad app

    Azee Monday, 06 October 2014 05:52 PM

    Is the UNP having hopes even if there is computer jilmart via DM Android App

    ms Monday, 06 October 2014 12:52 PM

    Yes , next president will be MR. We should support him. Who is other candidate which can match MR.

    mack Tuesday, 07 October 2014 08:49 PM

    yes big factor is the north east votes to determine next president so Mr better keep your fingers crossed via DM Android App


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