President Maithripala Sirisena has agreed to give nominations to former President Mahinda Rajapaksa to contest from United Peoples Freedom Alliance (UPFA), General Secretary Susil Premajayantha said today.
He told Daily Mirror the decision was taken by President Sirisena as Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) leader at a meeting of the constituent parties held at the presidential secretariat on Thursday.
Mr. Premajayantha said the UPFA steering committee would meet in the next few days and finalise the nomination list and Mr. Rajapaksa is expected to play a leading role to steer the UPFA to victory with an absolute majority.
“We expect to contest the upcoming general elections as a major political front uniting all progressive and democratic forces in the country and achieve a major victory on August 17. Mr. Rajapaksa will be the leader of the election campaign with the blessings and advice of President Sirisena,” Mr. Premajayantha added.
Addressing a news conference at the Abhayarama, Narahenpita, soon after the official statement was issued by the UPFA, MEP Leader Dinesh Gunawardane said they welcomed the decision taken by the President to allow former Mr. Rajapaksa to contest at the forthcoming general election from the UPFA.
NFF leader Wimal Weerawansa said that the movement that began from Nugegoda has borne fruit and thanked all those who backed then in their endeavour to bring back Mr. Rajapaksa. (SJ, KB & HF)
The full statement
Comments - 71
jacky Friday, 03 July 2015 04:59 PM
People change. people dont forget we are human, he finished a war. We cant forget that.
Notna. Friday, 03 July 2015 05:00 PM
Mr Sirisena has paid his gratitude to 52 lacks of people who voted against him.
Riz Friday, 03 July 2015 05:01 PM
good news for thugs .....
shamantha Welgama Saturday, 04 July 2015 01:52 PM
Still the Pesident has not spoke about this,if this is true,I kindly request 62m voters to Vote for JVP. no any othe trusted party in present SL.
Manoj Saturday, 04 July 2015 11:03 AM
p[oltikka Friday, 03 July 2015 05:16 PM
kick these pandamas out of politicks
Ij Friday, 03 July 2015 05:19 PM
Dayawathie Friday, 03 July 2015 05:19 PM
Jayawewa, jayawewa. Finally the country will be saved and the development will be re started.
Mahi Friday, 03 July 2015 05:20 PM
May God protect this country from all these thives and corrupt gang!
Upul Gunawardena Friday, 03 July 2015 05:22 PM
I thought the YAHAPALANAYA promised not to allow the fraudsters, gangsters, ethanol dealers, and all who are involved in illegal activities NOT TO GIVE nomination...??? It seems like the same old gang is back in to ruin the country once more. MY3 has to have his backbone strengthened.
samitha Saturday, 04 July 2015 11:32 AM
This is well set plan to confuse masses. President not sign or agreed to this .
Sikuru Friday, 03 July 2015 05:34 PM
Sikuru Friday, 03 July 2015 05:35 PM
MR is a mad man and he will not win this time, Parliament will be filled by intellectuals led by PM ranil
Sikuru Friday, 03 July 2015 05:36 PM
You mean White elephants that has no return of investment to the ppl?
Damien Friday, 03 July 2015 03:53 PM
I am going to party hard today
hassan Friday, 03 July 2015 03:53 PM
Finished.. all back to worst...
Sikuru Friday, 03 July 2015 05:48 PM
Well when MR returns Prostitutes and drugs will return for you to party and even a rape a woman or two
Mahesh Friday, 03 July 2015 03:57 PM
Pissa Saturday, 04 July 2015 02:42 PM
Maithree is like a Rat in the presence of a Cat! Not at all fit to be a President of a Country!
ru Friday, 03 July 2015 03:58 PM
Sri Lanka has woken up from the deep slumber ...lets party hard
Yasas Friday, 03 July 2015 03:58 PM
Biggest fraud in SL history, Jan 8 revoloution overturned
AR Friday, 03 July 2015 05:51 PM
To be prepared for another tragedy
paw lanka Friday, 03 July 2015 03:58 PM
Country after self...!!!
chandima Friday, 03 July 2015 03:59 PM
Beginning of another change
dana Friday, 03 July 2015 04:05 PM
well done via DM Android App
Dulan Friday, 03 July 2015 05:52 PM
UPFA is an alliance of number of parties.Which party is giving him nomination as UPFA cannot give nominations toanyone.
De Silva Friday, 03 July 2015 03:59 PM
President has let down the whole country
Anil Friday, 03 July 2015 05:54 PM
Wonderful. Last chance to save the country
Silva Saturday, 04 July 2015 02:57 PM
PEOPLE WILL DECIDE FINALLY.
Gamaraala Friday, 03 July 2015 04:02 PM
Nirmal Friday, 03 July 2015 04:02 PM
This is a wise decision and the UPFA will definitely win at the General Election.
Maya Friday, 03 July 2015 04:03 PM
UPFA train will go ahead without SLFP for sure
shantal Friday, 03 July 2015 04:04 PM
Thank u Jesus! God bless MR. Was praying all day. U got this sir.
Ashiq Friday, 03 July 2015 04:05 PM
Welcome the law of Jungle and racism
narmi Friday, 03 July 2015 04:13 PM
nonsense.... via DM Android App
sanga Friday, 03 July 2015 04:09 PM
AR Saturday, 04 July 2015 07:47 AM
Last change to leave the country...and save the remaining assets before MR comes
Dissanayake Friday, 03 July 2015 04:10 PM
The best news in the century. Go for a grand victory by uniting all the forces against imperialists and their slaves like servants in the country. Victory for our motherland!!
Ramesh Friday, 03 July 2015 04:11 PM
Hard to belive
Kadupol Jothywansa Saturday, 04 July 2015 07:56 AM
Aiyo Sirisena MR will kick you out very soon. You are deceived as you behaved like a small child.
dilip Friday, 03 July 2015 04:11 PM
If this is true the SLFE is saved. More than that the country will be saved.
Peratha Mahinda Saturday, 04 July 2015 07:59 AM
MR touch your conscience and say are you honest? You looted and made SriLanka zero, its a curse for our country if you contest again.
LogicalCitizen Friday, 03 July 2015 04:13 PM
What? All went back by 10 years within just past 5 months. So sad as a Sri Lankan who lives in Sri Lanka. I wish I could change my vote!
Bala Friday, 03 July 2015 04:14 PM
No wonder SL is Miracle of Asia. Corruption and Thuggery is allowed to resurface and LTTE cadres jailed while LTTE leaders given high positions or well looked after. At the same time those who do these things, say they are dead against LTTE. Hypocrisy at the worst and gullible Sri Lankans cheer the corrupt.
simon Friday, 03 July 2015 04:14 PM
Without getting emotional of the decision let the citizen decided on the election day !
Calistus Jayatilleke Friday, 03 July 2015 04:15 PM
The beginning of the end of "Yaha Paalanaya". Very sad day for the country indeed and a big disappointment for those voted to Maithripala Sirisena.
BBS Monday, 06 July 2015 07:57 AM
MR supports Buddhist supremacy in SL. Its not your god that put him there. His Buddhist principles... patients.
Sri Lankan Friday, 03 July 2015 04:15 PM
My vote is for JVP...
jay Friday, 03 July 2015 04:17 PM
UNP all hopes lost now back to opposition
Hiran Friday, 03 July 2015 04:17 PM
I thought My3 has decided not to give nominations for those who were involved or alleged to have involved with corruption and bad practices. What a change in stance!
senakak Friday, 03 July 2015 04:18 PM
The best decision done by UPFA, ever.
Sunil Perera Friday, 03 July 2015 04:19 PM
Now the Pesident of Sri Lanka has cleared all wronng doings by the former President and hiis pack of goons. Back to square one again. My vote is for no one now. Fed up.
Sharon Friday, 03 July 2015 04:19 PM
Bravo.............. Huuuuuuge win for our country...... Lets rock
Sharon Friday, 03 July 2015 04:20 PM
Hassan. You need to go to school to learn what is "good" and "bad"
middle man Friday, 03 July 2015 04:20 PM
Sri Lankan politics is getting worst day by day
Mr. Perfect Friday, 03 July 2015 04:21 PM
Remember the president has given MR to contest only and that does not mean he will be offered the premiership. So guys and Gals do not jump into conclusion. Lets wait see.
NImal Friday, 03 July 2015 04:21 PM
Yes, it is very true. But results will be worst than 08th January 2015.
jan Friday, 03 July 2015 04:23 PM
Correct decesion. Let the people decide.
Amila.G Friday, 03 July 2015 07:07 PM
Nothing to worry , People will Decide . The Corrupt ( MR and company ) will find it hard without state sponsorship .
Ryan Friday, 03 July 2015 04:26 PM
Sri Lanka is a very lucky country.
Arsh Friday, 03 July 2015 04:28 PM
Simply fedup of this dirty politics.
sprag Friday, 03 July 2015 07:24 PM
Whatever nomination he can make it... this time his defeat going to be worse than presidential pools... aiyo mahinda...
Cha Friday, 03 July 2015 04:28 PM
Congradulation to you Mr Calistus Jayatilleke and all those who had voted for "Yaha Paalanaya".
de silva Friday, 03 July 2015 04:29 PM
Ko yahapalanaya.Ballata giyada
Liswom Friday, 03 July 2015 04:33 PM
Yes, victory for Alibaba and thieves, victory of dictatorship, victory for frauds, racism and religous intolerance,, deals and mega deals, white van culture. Go celebrate you traitors
Mojo Friday, 03 July 2015 04:33 PM
MR can wipe out Sirisena support base from SLFP, That means he will get the Prime Ministerial post by default (i.e major SLFP backing for PM).
Liswom Friday, 03 July 2015 04:34 PM
Me too. No other option.
srillanka boy Friday, 03 July 2015 04:35 PM
My3 has made 6.2 million voters especially Chandrika to suicide.
Damien Friday, 03 July 2015 04:37 PM
The Lord God has blessed our land
sunil perera Friday, 03 July 2015 04:39 PM
Upul Friday, 03 July 2015 04:40 PM
Shark in the Fish Tank. An interesting election campaign.
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