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Investment Promotions Minister Lakshman Yapa Abeywardana told a media briefing at the SLFP head office yesterday that President Mahinda Rajapaksa would issue a gazette extraordinary on November 19 instructing the Elections Commissioner to conduct a presidential election.

 

Commenting on speculations about crossovers from the government to the opposition and opposition to the government, the minister said a large number of opposition members were expected to crossover to the government.

 

“The list is long. But I cannot reveal all the names in the list as it will disrupt the ongoing interaction with the United People’s Freedom Alliance (UPFA) and the opposition members who are expected to crossover to the government,” he said.

 

Responding to a journalist on speculation in political circles about a possible crossover to the government ranks by UNP’s propaganda head and Matara District parliamentarian Mangala Samaraweera, Minister Yapa said there were no permanent friends or enemies in politics and anyone and everyone who supports the government and ensures the victory of President Rajapaksa at the forthcoming presidential poll was welcomed.

 

He said the government had no issues about welcoming Samaraweera although he criticised the President Rajapaksa, his family, the government and its policies in a virulent and atrocious manner and sometimes even on a personal level. (Sandun A Jayasekera)

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  • Kalu Thursday, 06 November 2014 09:23 PM

    The question is why are the losers afraid of MR winning the next Presidential election. Why not test your popularity with a peoples candidate and the unanimous choice of the majority?

    Azee Thursday, 06 November 2014 01:07 PM

    Information re issue of gazette on poll is revealed by strange sources - not the Information MinisterGovt. Spokesman via DM Android App

    Azee Friday, 07 November 2014 08:11 AM

    Is the gazette notification to be issued disregarding whatever decision the Supreme Court gives. via DM Android App

    Calistus Jayatilleke Thursday, 06 November 2014 03:46 PM

    Not withststanding the judgement of the Supreme Court.

    renu Thursday, 06 November 2014 04:30 PM

    fact is that he cannot contest the 3rd term, top legal people have said, better he does not two more years of presidency

    Suq Madique Thursday, 06 November 2014 08:50 AM

    So does this means MR has already got the SC approval to contest for the 3rd term??

    Vernon Thursday, 06 November 2014 09:05 AM

    Then what was the purpose of consulting the Supreme Courts whether MR can contest for the third time? Is it because you already know the outcome? Then who says judiciary is independent? My question is not whether he can contest but why does MR wants to come for the 3rd time? Is it greediness or there is no one else suitable in this country to be president?


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