Presidential Election: Will contest only with pro-abolition forces: Karu

17 September 2019 05:37 pm - 9     - {{hitsCtrl.values.hits}}

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Speaker Karu Jayasuriya said today he would consider contesting the forthcoming presidential election only with the political forces which had since 1995 had consistently stood for the abolishing of the executive presidency.

He said he would also do so together with those who stood for democratic reforms introduced by the 17th Amendment and further strengthened by the 19the Amendment to the Constitution.

Issuing a statement the Speaker said there were many who had requested him to contest for the presidency. “Some met me personally and made the request, some others did it over the phone and a few others made the request at news conferences,” he said.

The Speaker said the main objective that was highlighted by them was that the country needs a trusted leadership to safeguard democracy and overcome the current political confusion and establish a civilized society.

He said if he decided to contest the presidential election, it would merely be for a limited period with the intention of laying the foundation for an economically and morally strong country with democratic values.

The Speaker said he would contest only if he received the blessings of the UNP and its allies and within the party’s constitutional framework. (Yohan Perera and Ajith Siriwardana)

  Comments - 9

  • Standard ideas Tuesday, 17 September 2019 06:20 PM

    "contest the presidential election, it would merely be for a limited period" - even the grama Sevaka said so.

    Borat Tuesday, 17 September 2019 06:25 PM

    Well come out strong then with all guns firing

    harsha sk Tuesday, 17 September 2019 06:27 PM

    Karu is the only politician who can take Ven. SOBITHA's program forward. Its time that both Ranil and Sajith think about the country before self.

    Anmanpan Tuesday, 17 September 2019 06:39 PM

    Good, not with Rani or Mahinda.

    Chux Tuesday, 17 September 2019 07:07 PM

    You are doing Ranil’s contract people will not be fooled by that

    johan Tuesday, 17 September 2019 07:45 PM

    This is how it should be, not like Sajith wandering and trying to become President with little knowledge like MS

    Shiiraan Nooramith Tuesday, 17 September 2019 08:08 PM

    How can you trust a politician who left the UNP not alone ,but with a group of UNP MP's to join hands with Mahinda Rajapakse.

    Jo Tuesday, 17 September 2019 08:09 PM

    Karu, I better not contest the Prez election if u contest so, it's a cake walk fr Gotta...! Only Sajith is capable to contest against Gotta..!! U better walk out...

    Venom Wednesday, 18 September 2019 08:12 AM

    Then you might as well step down!


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