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MS will contest next presidential poll: SLFP

17 January 2018 09:04 pm - 11     - {{hitsCtrl.values.hits}}


President Maithripala Sirisena will definitely contest at the next presidential election in the event the executive presidency is not abolished and the constitution is not changed, State Minister of Finance, Lakshman Yapa Abeywardena said today.

He told the weekly Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) news briefing that President Sirisena would definitely be their presidential candidate and when asked whether it was ethical for him to contest again, the state minister said yes and pointed out that the President was the most suitable candidate to contest for the presidency for a second term.

When asked whether Minister Nimal Siripala De Silva’s name was also being mentioned as the next presidential candidate, he said the party would decide on a suitable candidate should the President pull out of the contest.

“Parliament should also changing the electorate system for which we will extend our fullest support. The next step will be to change the constitution,” state minister said."Even if it is not possible to change the constitution, a majority of the people want President Sirisena to be re-elected as next president." (Chaturanga Samarawickrama)

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  Comments - 11

  • Unchikun Wednesday, 17 January 2018 09:22 PM

    The countries economy is in a mess. A large scale bank robbery has taken place. We voted for Yahapalanaya get rid of the executive presidency.

    Graham Wednesday, 17 January 2018 09:30 PM

    We the Sri Lankans are suffering from memory loss as most of us don’t what we had for previous meal...I can faintly remember MS was murmuring that he would abolish the executive presidency in 100 days....

    Prabhath Wednesday, 17 January 2018 09:38 PM

    MS made an assurance when he took the oaths that he will not contest again for presidency. Is this also going to be abandoned now along with the promise to abandon the executive presidency? Shame!

    DINGDONG. Wednesday, 17 January 2018 10:39 PM


    ara Wednesday, 17 January 2018 10:57 PM

    no problem he might get maximum what 5% of the vote, good for UN though

    surasena Wednesday, 17 January 2018 11:01 PM

    Well, MR may come under Lotus Bud and NR (Namal), may tender his nomination in SLFP. We will find appropriate parties for GR and BR as well. I guess CR (Chamal) is too old for the game and no match for young enthusiastic MR.

    sg Wednesday, 17 January 2018 11:29 PM

    Give another chance for existing president for contest for the presidential election...definitely he will win in accordance to prevailing situation of the politics...

    Ram Thursday, 18 January 2018 01:15 AM

    After tasting power all promises swept under the carpet like sweeping all corruption under the carpet. Jollygood

    RDF Thursday, 18 January 2018 02:22 AM

    Excellent news. We can teach him a lesson to remember. Please do contest again.

    Man Thursday, 18 January 2018 01:59 PM

    This is the only president who reduced the powers that MR got established, in one day. Majority of citizens like to have a democratic rule. So, they will be happy to have MS again, regardless of promises. Because, others are dictators.

    chandra Thursday, 18 January 2018 03:58 PM

    He gives big talk only.

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