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

Sri Lanka: Presidential poll on Nov 17

[b]Sri Lanka: Presidential poll on Nov 17[/b]

By Sugeeswara Senadhira in Colombo

[b]Colombo, 20 September ( [/b]Sri Lanka will elect a new executive president on November 17. This was announced by the commissioner of elections this afternoon. Last month, the Supreme Court ruled that the poll must be held this year - ending months of controversy over when President Chandrika Kumaratunga's second term ends.

The constitution limits her to two six-year terms, but she had argued that she should be able to serve until next year because the previous elections were called early.

The SLFP leader, President Chandrika Kumaratunga cannot contest as the constitution allows only two terms in office to a person.

The main contest is expected to be between the incumbent Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapakse, who is the nominee of the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) an the opposition leader and former Prime Minister, Ranil Wickramasinghe of the United national Party (UNP).

The last date for nominations for the presidential election will be October 7. Rajapakse, has secured the pre-poll backing of the Marxist Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) and the Jathika Hela Urumaya (JHU) of the Buddhist monks. The agreement includes review the ceasefire with the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) and renogotiation on the Tsunami joint mechanism. The JVP has attacked Ms Kumaratunga for agreeing to share tsunami aid with the Tamil rebels and for proposing a federal solution to the rebels' demands for autonomy.

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