MR’s camp confirms MS refused to give PM post

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MRFormer President Mahinda Rajapaksa’s camp has confirmed that President Maithripala Sirisena has refused to name Rajapaksa as the Prime Ministerial candidate of the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP).

A United Peoples Freedom Alliance (UPFA) politician who is supporting Rajapaksa, said that Sirisena’s stand had been communicated to Rajapaksa by opposition leader and SLFP member Nimal Siripala de Silva in Kandy today.

Sirisena had agreed to give nominations to Rajapaksa from the UPFA or SLFP but not the Prime Minister post.

Sources said that the UPFA members who are supporting Rajapaksa will meet him tonight and discuss their next move.

Rajapaksa is scheduled to announce his position with regards to the August 17 Parliament election, at a media briefing in Madamulana tomorrow.

Meanwhile, in a statement, the SLFP also confirmed that Rajapaksa has not been named as the Prime Ministerial candidate of the party. (Colombo Gazette)

16 COMMENTS

  1. The forthcoming general election would give an opportunity to everyone to cast their votes thus taking into consideration the Candidates creditability, past records, social,educational, and professional background. Relevant authorities should arrange to create awareness to the public regarding the above than having baseless arguments.

    • Minister Wickramaratne thinks only professionals like him should be given nomination. Almost 99% of professionals are from backgrounds like his from rich families who could afford to go to good schools and end up as qualified professionals..and then fleece the public with their ridiculously high charges, become filthy rich and want to end up in parliament to ensure their breed is looked after. Not the best for the poor of the country, is it?

  2. If the President is strong he should sack Nimal Siripala De silva from SLFP party and barred from getting nominations as a SLFP candidate

    • The safety of sri lanka is not in the hands of one man , and one man only ….throughout history whenever one man faulters there is always another to take his place ….indispensable MR is not !

  3. WE KNOW THAT PM CANDIDACY IS NOT GIVEN BUT NOMINATION WILL B GIVEN.

    WHAT WE CAN TELL THE PEOPLE IS GET READY TO LEAVE THIS ISLAND BY BOATS/ BY AIR AND EVERY WAY YOU CAN AND GO EVEN TO TIMBUKTU FOR THAT WILL BE BETTER THAN LIVING LIKE SLAVES UNDER AN MR RULE.

    TO KEEP OUR MOUTHS GAGGED/ TOLERATE WHITE VAN ABDUCTIONS/ B BLIND WHEN PUBLIC FUNDS ARE ROBBED IN BROAD DAY LIGHT.

    WE DO NOT WANT THIS AGAIN AND IF MS HAS BETRAYED US LET US VOTE FOR THE JVP TO PUT ALL THESE ROGUES BEHIND BARS

    • During the war Tamils and Singhalese did not go to Timbaktu but had the choice under LTTE to live with sucide bombers rip part people and sending Tamil children to fight with the army carrying a cynaide capsule around their necks! Now once MR cleared everything did people go to Timbaktu? Many diaspora people came to live in SL after the war thanks to MR.Even Ranil and TNA guys were free to travel when MR ELIMINATED Prabhakaran!.It is a nice thing to see North and Eastern girls and boys were attending schools in the morning by bicycles dressing school uniforms under MR while they were carrying guns under Ranil-Prabhakaran time.These are facts.

    • You do that..get the hell out of Sri Lanka and don’t ever come back because the JVP have their own methods of treating vermin like you.

  4. Mithreepahara Sirisena has shot on his own foot. he has only one leg now and crippling. He should accept the blame for damage to SLFP and Sri Lanka due to his greediness to power.

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