Sri Lanka

Toppling Government: President, JO in wrangle

Jan 13, 2017

There is no Presidential Election around the corner, but the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP), out of the blues, sprang a surprise in political circles saying that President Maithripala Sirisena would be its candidate next time. One cannot disregard it as a knee-jerk comment by a party politician, as it was announced to the country by none other than the SLFP General Secretary, Agriculture Minister Duminda Dissanayake. It was called a decision by the Central Committee of the party. Mr. Dissanayake’s remarks were asserted later again by Social Welfare and Social Empowerment Minister S.B. Dissanayake, representing the Central Committee.

The SLFP’s latest position has stirred a debate in political circles, as the President was elected with the promise to abolish the executive presidency and not to seek office for a second term. So, it has evoked responses from various quarters.   

The latest stand might have been announced to neutralize the Joint Opposition harbouring thoughts to field a candidate at the election. Another school of thought is that abolition of the executive presidency will further diminish the political clout of the SLFP.   

Though the election is due only in 2020, the political parties have, however, started readying for it with some form of preparations. Identification of possible candidates and social media campaigning are the activities presently being carried out in closed quarters.   

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 Daily Mirror, January 12, 2017

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