SLFP stalwart and UPFA Government Minister Maithripala Sirisena announced a short while ago that he will be the much anticipated common candidate at the upcoming Presdiential polls who would be backed by the common opposition.
Speaking at a media breifing a short while ago, Sirisena thanked the UNP and the other opposition parties for backing his candidacy and vowed to win the upcoming Presdiential polls while stating it is a vital move in order to save the country from being steered towards a dictatorship.
He said following his victory he is planning to appoint Opposition Leader Ranil Wickremesinghe as the Prime Minister.
He pledged to abolish the executive presidential system within 100 days of his election and to restore complete media freedom in the country.
Fisheries Minister Rajitha Senaratne too is currently speaking at the media briefing held to announce Maithripala Sirisena as the common candidate and he added that more Ministers and MPs of the government are to join the common opposition movement.