Sajith withdraws from presidential race and backs Dullas

Leader of the Opposition Sajith Premadasa today withdrew from the presidential race and decided to support MP Dullas Alahapperuma for the post.

Premadasa informed Parliament about his decision when Parliament met today to pick the nominees for the post of President.

“For the greater good of my country that I love and the people I cherish I hereby withdraw my candidacy for the position of President. @sjbsrilanka and our alliance and our opposition partners will work hard towards making @DullasOfficial victorious,” Premadasa tweeted earlier.

Acting President Ranil Wickremesinghe and former Minister Dullas Alahapperuma are the others contesting the election.

Nominations were called today and subsequently, a member of parliament will be elected for the presidency after the election held in Parliament tomorrow, Wednesday. (Colombo Gazette)


  1. These are just political games to make the “ARITHMETIC” of votes work for Ranil with the support of the SLPP.
    Are these idiotic Party Leaders opposing Ranil not understanding “political democratic realities”.
    In my opinion, these are all political dramas for the Media and press.
    The best is to allow Ranil take over as President for the next 3 years without a “CONTEST”. I know that media will not publish this comment, but I still believe in the freedom of expression and opinion.
    When all the groups opposing Ranil will vote their group blue-eyed candidate, RANIL will win very comfortably tomorrow. That will be the reality. With my 53 years of political engagement and experience and having being an SLFP/SLPP stalwart and an inner confidant of late Mrs. Sirimavo Bandaranaike, Member – Sudu Nelum (Chandrika) and Mahinda (Campaign activist and Senior Personnel, Office of the Spokesperson, Presidential Secretariat), as a political communications researcher, I am making this statement/comment with full responsibility.
    Noor Nizam – Peace and Political Activist, Political Communications Researcher, SLFP/SLPP Stalwart, Convener “The Muslim Voice, Patriotic Citizen.

  2. What a F’ing disaster if a moron like Dullas becomes President. The protests will have achieved nothing. There will be bloodshed. And the country is doomed. Back to square one.

  3. This is interesting. I wouldn’t trust any SLPP politician. This will secure Ranil’s position as a Prime Minister and the rest of corrupt politicians are safe as well.

    My question is why MP Dullas Alahapperuma and his SLPP supporters do not want to support Sajith? Again this proves Sajith is not capable to handle the situation. The SLPP tricked Sajith and got what it wanted.

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