2020 presidential election MS needs MR’s blessings to contest

Published : 8:45 am  June 8, 2018 | No comments so far |  | 


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By Sheain Fernandopulle   

MP Dilan Perera yesterday claimed that President Maithripala Sirisena and former president Mahinda Rajapaksa had agreed to work together and pointed out that without Mr. Rajapaksa’s blessings the President would not be able to contest the 2020 presidential election. 

He said this at a media briefing on behalf the 16 SLFPers who quit the national government recently.   

“The names of several politicians including the Rajapaksa brothers — Gotabaya, Basil and Chamal and that of S.B. Dissanayake have been proposed by various groups. However, Minister Duminda Dissanayake has said Maithripala Sirisena will be their next presidential candidate. We have no objection but his candidacy should be endorsed by Mr. Rajapaksa,” he said.   

The MP said President Maithripala Sirisena and Mr. Rajapaksa had requested all SLFP and JO members to vote for MP Sudarshani Fernandopulle at the election for the post of deputy speaker.   

Meanwhile, UPFA MP Dayasiri Jayasekara said the Free Trade Agreement (FTA) signed with Singapore would create a crisis situation in Sri Lanka.   

“Sri Lanka does not have a national policy when it comes to FTAs. The trade agreement signed with Singapore is detrimental to our country because of its unlimited passage to foreign professionals to seek employment here,” he said.