Nov 23, 2018

Maithri will not run for second term? Featured

President Maithripala Sirisena will not run for a second term, ‘Anidda’ reports quoting sources close to him.

By October 26, there had been agreement of the SLPP for his candidature.

However, given the steep decline in his popularity and public displeasure against him since then, SLPP founder Basil Rajapaksa has pointed out the futility of giving him the candidature.

Meanwhile, a leading figure of the SLFP’s group of 16 says president Sirisena wants to serve his full term.

Therefore, a presidential election is unlikely soon, he said, adding the SLPP would do its maximum to contest parliamentary polls under a common alliance.