Srisena For 2020 Presidential Election?
Suddenly moves are afoot within the Sri Lanka Freedom Party rank and file to put forward President Maithripala Srisena, as the Presidential candidate for 2020 Presidential elections.
Minister of Special Assignments Dr. Sarath Amunugama and Minister of Social Empowerment and Welfare S. B. Dissanayake have, openly made statements separately, on two different occasions, that the Central Committee of the Sri Lanka Freedom Party at a meeting held recently has decided that the party leader, President Maithripala Sirisena should contest the next presidential election in 2020.
The Minister Dr. Sarath Amunugama in response to a media inquiry by BBC Sandeshaya reported to had said there is 27 percent minority votes in Sri Lanka and his as well as the party's belief is that President Sirisena is the only candidate who can win a majority of those votes.
In the meantime, Minister Dissanayake said that this was a unanimous decision taken by the Central Committee of the party.
"The only candidate who is capable of obtaining the 27% votes of the minorities in this country is President Maithripala Sirisena, Minister Dissanayake added .
Minister Dissanayake went on to say that he is a powerful representative of the minorities. Therefore, in the forthcoming election, the candidate from the SLFP for the Presidential Election will be Maithripala Sirisena.
Meanwhile, SLFP general secretary and the minister of Agriculture Duminda Dissanayake while addressing a rally in the north central town of Anuradhapura on Monday, also requested the president to run for a second term. “President Sirisena, will be the most suitable to lead the party to victory both in the next presidential and parliamentary elections,” Duminda Dissanayake said.
All three powerful Ministers of the SLFP emphasized “No one can win an election in this country without the votes of the Tamils and Muslims. The most reputed people's leader among the minorities in this country is Maithripala Sirisena. He is a powerful representative of the minorities. Therefore, in the forthcoming election, the candidate from the SLFP for the Presidential Election will be Maithripala Sirisena.”
However, reports revealed that the President who chaired the SLFP Central Committee meeting has not expressed any views on the party's decision.
President Sirisena, when he was sworn in as President on 9 January 2015, pledged that he would be a single-term President and he would not run for office for a second term.
However, subsequently, within a few days of being elected, Sirisena was thrust with the SLFP leadership by Rajapaksa, who has earlier sacked him from the party when he had challenged him in the election by becoming then Opposition-backed candidate.
- Asian Tribune -