A pledge was made at the maiden United People’s Freedom Alliance (UPFA) election rally in Anuradhapura to make former President Mahinda Rajapaksa the Prime Minister after the August 17 Parliament election.
Several UPFA and Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) members took part in the rally, including SLFP member and former opposition leader Nimal Siripala de Silva.
Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa, who also attended the rally, spoke to cheers of the large crowd in attendance.
Meanwhile the AFP news agency reported that Rajapakse had told thousands of supporters in Anuradhapura, that he was ready to learn from his mistakes and work towards ethnic and religious unity.
“I am ready learn from my mistakes… we must work towards ethnic reconciliation and ensure that religious and other minorities are protected,” Rajapakse said.
He made no direct reference to his bitter relations with Sirisena, but promised economic reforms if he is elected.
He denied allegations that he stole billions of dollars during his nine-year rule and told his accusers to “look in the mirror” before making accusations. (Colombo Gazette)