President Maithripala Sirisena is expected to make another U-turn with regards to the decision on giving former President Mahinda Rajapaksa nominations to contest the Parliament elections.
An official in the President’s office, who was to resign over Sirisena’s decision to give Rajapaksa nominations, had later held back his resignation after receiving an assurance that Sirisena may make another u-turn.
Sirisena had already this week announced he will not be giving nominations to Rajapaksa but later yesterday the United People’s Freedom Alliance (UPFA) said the President had agreed to give the former President nominations.
However now, sources say the President is expected to reverse that decision following pressure from several Sri Lanka Freedom Party members and those who helped him win the January 8 Presidential election.
Several United National Party members also said they still had faith in President Sirisena and do not expect Rajapaksa to be formally given nominations for the August 17 election. (Colombo Gazette)