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Denying the statement made by Minister Rajitha Senaratne that the Cabinet had decided to hold the next general election under a new electoral system, his colleague and United National Party (UNP) official Spokesman and Deputy General Secretary Akila Viraj Kaiyawasam today said the Cabinet had not made such a decision.

Minister Kariyawasam told a media briefing in Colombo that no final decision had been made on the election reforms yet.

He said the UNP had agreed that the present Proportional Representation system should be abolished but believed that general elections should be held after the present regime completed hundred days in office.

He said the general elections would be held as soon as possible.

“The election may be delayed by a few days but it will be held soon after the 100-day programme is over,” Mr. Kariyawasam said.

He said UNP would play a major role in making the final decision.

At the same time he mentioned that discussions were on with regard to the electoral reforms and the constitutional reforms as a whole among all political parties.

He said that it was his party which got the incumbent President Maithripala Sirisena elected and that he was more or less a UNP President.

He defied the claim made by some SLFP members that Mr. Sirisena is their President.
 
“Those SLFPers who criticised Mr. Sirisena during the Presidential Election cannot claim him to be their president now,” he said. (Yohan Perera and Sanath Desmond)





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  • Ravi Tuesday, 10 March 2015 01:39 PM

    I agree fully Rajitha making lot of contradictory statements just like Kehiliya Rambukwalla

    AIA Monday, 09 March 2015 05:58 PM

    "He said that it was his party which got the incumbent President Maithripala Sirisena elected and that he was more or less a UNP President."-I think it is best to replicate " the tale of the chalk circle" to solve this issue

    Punchi Putha Monday, 09 March 2015 06:10 PM

    You are right. SLFPers who criticised Mr. Sirisena during the Presidential Election cannot claim him to be their president now. What Rajitha said was cabinet has decided to hold the next general election under a new electoral system but Viraj is saying it was not the final decision taken considering all stakeholders. No refusal here and both were right in context.

    Dissa Monday, 09 March 2015 06:08 PM

    What is this nonson or real via DM Android App

    Sujith Monday, 09 March 2015 06:14 PM

    that is what.... President can not claim and be the President of SLFP as you claim... so why he is hangign on theirin SLFP ?

    sanjo Monday, 09 March 2015 06:50 PM

    Gentlemen, please sit down and discuss, come to an agreement before making a public statement. you guys sound silly when you do this. This was not the first time. Please think about it.


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