Ready to support a common candidate: SF

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Democratic Party (DP) Leader Sarath Fonseka said today his party was prepared to support a common opposition candidate at the next presidential election if a suitable candidate was selected.

“We are not prepared to support anyone but we will support a common candidate, who has a good track record,” the former Army Commander told a media briefing. He said his party was ready to support a joint effort by all opposition parties to topple this Government while maintaining their separate identities.

Elated at his party’s electoral success, Mr. Fonseka said DP members, supporters and well-wishers were happy about this achievement amid so many obstacles and hardships.

“As a political party we are only about a year old, but we competed with powerful and experienced political parties and therefore the votes and the number of seats we obtained is by no means considerable,” he said.

Mr. Fonseka said the DP was also glad about the increased number of votes obtained by other political parties at this election.

Meanwhile he said that his civic rights have also been restored and that he would contest at future elections. He said that having had the opportunity of casting his vote at the elections to the Western Provincial Council meant he could also represent the people at a future election.

The former Army Commander was released in May 2012 but without the restoration of his civic rights. (Yohan Perera)


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  • DEEPAL Tuesday, 01 April 2014 01:10 AM

    Yes Sir, We are with you.
    Good Future for our motherland.

    gona Monday, 31 March 2014 07:13 PM

    Best wishes .you deserve the victory. Nothing stopping you now. You will get UPFA votes for sure. via DM iPad app

    mahen.siriwardena Monday, 31 March 2014 10:44 PM

    It is no doubt an outstanding victory for SF's party. This only because he had little financial support, un-imaginable obstacles thrown at every turn, the least publicity in terms of TV and press coverage.hardly any posters and buntings. On the other hand the Govt party had everything and yet with all the google of having this that and the other they lost twelve seats. The people and seeing throgh the curtain of bluff. This means that not only the people of the country but the whole intl community would come to realise that a change is taking place in the country.

    SLPF Monday, 31 March 2014 10:45 PM

    OUR HEARTIEST CONGRATULATIONS !!! GENERAL SF.

    PEOPLE ARE BEHIND YOU FOR YOUR DIECIPLINED LEADERSHIP AND FOR THE TASK YOU HAVE UNDERTAKEN TO CLEAN THE SRI LANKA POLITICAL ARENA OF CORRUPTION.

    THIS IS THE BEGINING OF THE END OF A ERA FULL OF CORRUPTION< FAMILY BANDIASM, LUNATIC RAPISTS, ARROGANT IDIOTS AND SELLERS OF A NOBLE RELIGION ( BUDIHISM ).

    lion Monday, 31 March 2014 10:47 PM

    well said sir we salute you always and for ever as the man who saved us from LTTE.

    Good Citizen Monday, 31 March 2014 11:21 PM

    Good luck with finding a common candidate who has a good track record. All we have are bunch of crooks.

    Pandithaya Tuesday, 01 April 2014 09:25 AM

    General Sir, before you aim for positions at national level you must have a political/home base or a beachhead so to say to operate from. Rajapakses have the South, Premadasa Colombo Central and it's environs, Bandaranayakes Attanagalle, RW Bingiriya etc. You have failed to win Ambalangoda your birth place and Piliyandala where you are domiciled during the Presidential Election, Parliamentary elections and now PC elections. via DM iPad app

    Vanel Tuesday, 01 April 2014 01:45 AM

    Good luck Gen. Almost all the governments in SL since independence were coalitions. So there is nothing wrong in choosing a common candidate with support of all parties. Good and matured political thinking.

    ind Monday, 31 March 2014 10:36 AM

    People's president has realized the reality!!!!

    T Wickramaratna Monday, 31 March 2014 10:45 AM

    Congratulations SF.Now take the initiative to select a good common Presidential candidate. Good luck.

    the fonz Monday, 31 March 2014 11:11 AM

    CIA will be very happy and provide more funding for Herr Generall

    PK Ranawaka Monday, 31 March 2014 11:18 AM

    Come to reality!
    However, there is none to challenge MR for next 12 years.
    In fact majority voters of Sri Lanka is not ready to change MR for near foreseeable future. UPFA low votes on provincial elections is directed towards corrupt provincial politicians. It would be different during presidential elections. Majority still regards MR as leaders who redeemed country from clutches of terrorism. No one is close enough to challenge him yet. That is the bitter truth.

    Cobra Tuesday, 01 April 2014 02:24 AM

    Does he know something we don't, like CBK entering the fray?

    Game Kolla Tuesday, 01 April 2014 02:33 AM

    You got to be careful...there are wolves in sheep cloth..in this country..

    Renu Monday, 31 March 2014 11:29 AM

    That is the way to go General to Bring down the socalled Family Tree, which is shaking now

    mahendra Monday, 31 March 2014 06:35 PM

    Congratulations. It is very necessary to have a strong opposition and why not fight for the 2nd place first if possible

    tom Tuesday, 01 April 2014 12:09 AM

    Don't be hurry... People given vote to Anarkali...too..but what happens today. Pls. don't talk much. try to do something via DM Android App

    Mervin Perera Tuesday, 01 April 2014 03:09 AM

    He is not fit to be a president and he never will. For the sake of Sri Lanka, I just wish he never does. His party is laden with corruption and he runs it like his home account. There is no accountability on spending and every expense that he and his family incur personally is on the party. Do you really think he is capable of running a country? No! At the best, he can run a home business.

    Kondebendapucheena Monday, 31 March 2014 12:11 PM

    [quote name="PK Ranawaka"]Come to reality!
    However, there is none to challenge MR for next 12 years.
    In fact majority voters of Sri Lanka is not ready to change MR for near foreseeable future. UPFA low votes on provincial elections is directed towards corrupt provincial politicians. It would be different during presidential elections. Majority still regards MR as leaders who redeemed country from clutches of terrorism. No one is close enough to challenge him yet. That is the bitter truth.[/quote]
    Well Said ,that is bitter truth whether we like or not,

    Public Monday, 31 March 2014 05:49 PM

    This shows that SF is not power hungry and has the common intention as other party leaders.

    Deva Monday, 31 March 2014 07:12 PM

    SF is the only one acceptable to all communities.He is a natural leader.Country needs you now sir!


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