Mahinda contesting on a UPFA ticket


General Secretary of the UPFA Susil Premjayantha released a statement today (3rd) confirming that United Freedom People’s Alliance (UPFA) has decided to give nominations to former President Mahinda Rajapaksa at the forthcoming general elections of the 17th Aug.

The UPFA party leaders’ meeting was chaired by President Maithripala Sirisena, who is the Chairman of the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) and leader of the UPFA.

Nominations of the United People’s Freedom Alliance would be prepared within the next couple of days, the statement said.

It further states that after the party’s nominations are compiled the Elections Operations Committee of the UPFA will convene with the participation of other political parties in the alliance.

Mahinda Rajapakse announced his intention to re-enter politics and stand in parliamentary elections next month on the 1st of July.

Speaking in front of a large crowd of supporters in his home district, Mr Rajapaksa said he could not reject their clamour for him to stand.

But it was not clear which party the former president would represent.

Mr Sirisena, the new leader of the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) previously ruled out appointing Rajapakse as a candidate.

Following the UPFA party leaders’ meeting yesterday, Premajayantha had stated that President Sirisena had assured that he would discuss the matter with his parliamentary group and announce his decision today.

In his speech on Wednesday in his home town of Medamulana, Mr Rajapaksa said that he and his supporters “will contest and look to form the next government”.

But Mr Rajapaksa did not say if he was aiming to become prime minister, instead choosing to invite “all political parties to join hands” with him for the 17 August vote.

Last week, President Sirisena dissolved the parliament, paving the way for fresh parliamentary elections in mid-August, eight months ahead of the schedule.

UPFA General Secretary’s statement



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