President refuses to give MR nominations

Maithripala MahindaPresident Maithripala Sirisena has refused to give former President Mahinda Rajapaksa nominations from the United People’s Freedom Alliance (UPFA) to contest the upcoming Parliament elections.

The decision paves the way for a major split in the UPFA which will see several Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) members joining Rajapaksa to contest the polls.

The SLFP, which is part of the UPFA, and UPFA party leaders had key talks with President Maithripala Sirisena today.

A decision was to be taken at the meeting with regards to giving nominations to former President Mahinda Rajapaksa to contest the August 17 Parliament elections.

The President has said at the meeting that he, as chairman of the SLFP and UPFA, will not give nominations to Rajapaksa.

Earlier Sirisena had agreed to give nominations to Rajapaksa but not make him the Prime Ministerial candidate of the party.

However following stiff opposition from within the SLFP, the President has now decided to fully reject nominations to Rajapaksa.

Rajapaksa will now look at contesting the parliamentary elections under another political party, sources said.

An opposition parliamentarian close to Rajapakse said on the grounds of anonymity that negotiations were held between the two groups loyal to Rajapakse and Sirisena in order to reach a settlement for Rajapakse to contest under the opposition United People’s Freedom Alliance (UPFA). (Colombo Gazette)


  1. ‘Of 225 members in Parliament, 95 have failed GCE O/L and 145 GCE A/L’

    This is what Sri Lanka about, so don’t get surprised for decisions “the president” of such idiots, otherwise why would someone keeps a traitor of SLFP/UFPA as the leader.
    When the captain of the ship behave like a lunatic, it is better to throw in the sea rather than waiting him to sail the ship to a reef.

  2. Mihinda should continue with what he started. He should create a party with all his SLFP and UFPA supporters for the election, and show his ability. No party will get enough votes to form a government. Mostly UNP will get 45-50 seats if they are lucky. MR can go more than 90 seats easily. So Mahinda can form a government with other minor “groups” such as SLFP and UFPA. So Sirisena’s decision is irrelevant for the party. Anyway, Sirisena has no interest on SLFP and UFPA as he contested without approval from the party, it is stupid that other members keep him as the leader. He will do more dammages to party in future then it it is too late to kick him out.

  3. If MR did not rescue the country from LTTE terrorists where would be the country today? Would MS be free to talk this way? MR paid the prize for not expelling MS from party when he joined foreign powers to reverse the development..

  4. Maithripala has been asked by CBK to reject MR’s request. He did so and this will split the UPFA.

  5. The delay in totally rejecting MaRa has certainly been an irritant to the country, but I trust Maithri and I’m sure that this long drawn out coda is being carefully orchestrated by Maithri.

    I know that he is faced with my dilemmas, and Maithri may not have worked out all the strategies he has employ to out-wit MaRa, but he is clearly a very intelligent man.

    We are in safe hands with him. I hope that he is able to oust some of the corrupt members of the SLFP, and nominate fresh faces. However, he may not manage to do all that by himself. It is our business now to suggest suitable people during the next tend days before nominations close. Thereafter, it is up to us to study all the candidates in our own District and vote for the best.

    Yes, our prime duty now is to study ALL candidates in our District. Maithri is rational; he cannot perform magic. We have to do out duty.

    • That’s a rational comment. Nice to see there are a few Lankans still left who can think rationally!

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