Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa has refused to sit as the opposition leader in Parliament.
Rajapaksa says he will sit as an ordinary Parliamentarian in the opposition despite getting the highest number of votes for the United People’s Freedom Alliance (UPFA).
Yesterday Rajapaksa announced that he has decided to continue to engage in politics despite losing the attempt to become Prime Minister.
“I accept with humility, the result of the parliamentary election that just concluded and I thank the voters who placed their confidence in our party despite the unprecedented obstacles that we had to face. I also wish to extend my heartfelt thanks to all the activists and the people’s representatives of our party who worked indefatigably in the election campaign,” Rajapaksa had said in a brief statement.
He had said that will continue to engage in politics in keeping with the people’s mandate and will function within parliament to safeguard the nation and the democratic system. (Colombo Gazette)