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Asian Tribune is published by E-LANKA MEDIA(PVT)Ltd. Vol. 20 No. 79

Sri Lanka Presidential election: A can of worms.

[b]Sri Lanka Presidential election: A can of worms.[/b]

By Kalu Albert from Colombo

[b]Colombo 03 September, ( [/b]Sri Lanka’s Presidential election is gradually slipping into an uncharted course, as new names are being bandied as the third candidate. It is believed that the entry of a third popular Sinhalese Buddhist candidate means all three candidates have to be on the mercy of the minority communities to win an edge in the election.

It is now rumored of the entry of the third candidate other than Mahinda Rajapakse, Prime Minister and the Sri Lanka Freedom Party nominee and Ranil Wickremasinghe, leader of the Opposition and the Leader of the United National Party and the third one is to be Major General Janaka Perera, presently, Sri Lanka’s Ambassador in Jakarta.

Janaka Perera, a career soldier and a highly respected legendry army general in the midst of the Sinhalese Buddhists, but Tamils in the North, especially LTTE supporters disliked him for his daring military fete of wrestling control over the Jaffna Peninsula and driving the Tigers into hiding in the Vanni.

After his retirement from the Army, he was appointed as the Ambassador to Australia despite the stiffest opposition by the Tamil Diasporas in that country.

While he was in Australia, it was rumored that he would be the most popular candidate for the forthcoming Sri Lanka’s presidency.

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