"I want those who could carry his pledges forward to be elected." (Photo: Presidents' Media Division)
Rajapaksa is doomed to lose; President Sirisena breaks silence
(NIDAHASA News) Ending his long silence, President Maithripala Sirisena today (14) announced that he will act impartially in upcoming election and would not support Mahinda Rajapaksa.
“Mahinda Rajapaksa who was defeated on January 8th will be defeated again,” President said making a special statement this afternoon.
President was mysteriously silent about his United Peoples Freedom Alliance's (UPFA) last minute decision to grant nomination to former President Rajapaksa: a decision that shocked most of Sirisena's allies. Several seniors of UPFA, who backed Sirisena in his presidential run, formed a new coalition with United National Party (UNP) in protest of the decision.
President said that he was totally against the granting of nominations to Rajapaksa. "Should UPFA wins the election, there are many seniors in the party to be appointed as the Prime Minister," he said.
Sirisena, once the General Secretary of Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP), contested against his former boss in January's Presidential poll with the backing of a wide alliance of political parties and civil groups. He took over the leadership of SLFP following the victory.
Most of his allies in presidential run, accused him of betraying the January 8 mandate by agreeing to give nominations to Rajapaksa.
Sirisena said that he is aware of the ‘insults’ hurled at him during the past two weeks.
“If Mahinda Rajapaksa remain the leader of party, these reforms would not have been possible” he said defending his decision to take over SLFP leadership.
"Irrespective of the party that comes to power, I want those who could carry his pledges forward to be elected." Sirisena said.
General election is to be held on 17th August. Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa will contest for the election from Kurunegala district.