Details on meeting between President Sirisena and Mahinda Rajapaksa revealed

Details on meeting between President Sirisena and Mahinda Rajapaksa revealed

Written by Staff Writer

07 May, 2015 | 9:29 pm

Cabinet Spokesperson Min. Rajitha Senaratne addressing the cabinet media briefing held on Thursday (May 7th) revealed more details about the discussion held between President Maithripala Sirisena and former President Mahinda Rajapaksa.

Earlier reports emerged that during the meeting a request was made to name Mahinda Rajapaksa as the next Prime Ministerial candidate ahead of the General elections. Min. Senaratne noted that the President had pointed out that this would prove to be a disadvantage and had also highlighted that neither the SLFP nor the UNP had a tradition of announcing a Prime Ministerial candidate prior to the elections.

Minister Rajitha Senaratne went onto note that the dissolution of local government institutions was discussed during the meeting. In this regard the President had reiterated that he has no plan to dissolve the institutions, he however added that elections would be held after their tenure ends.

Strengthening the United Peoples Freedom Alliance (UPFA) was also discussed during the meeting held on Wednesday according to Min. Senaratne. He noted that the President had expressed a willingness to strengthen the UPFA but had noted with sadness that this could not take place as along as members insulted the its leader.

Although the formation of a nomination board to vet candidates who want to contest under the SLFP or UPFA ticket was on the agenda of the meeting between President Sirisena and Mahinda Rajapaksa, this could not be discusse due to the lack of time.

Minister of Health Rajitha Senaratne reassured the public that it is the stance of the current administration that elections must be held after all the promises made through the 100 day program are fulfilled .

UPFA MP Faizer Mustapha also addressed the media at the occasion and described Wednesday’s meeting a a good platform for the future.

He noted that President Sirisena had delivered a clear message that it is everyone’s responsibility to protect the SLFP. According to MP Mustapha stated that SLFPers have expressed concern that the party might split into factions, he noted that as a result of this the President had emphasized the need for unity within the party.


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