Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa is to sign nomination papers of the SLFP on July 08, former Parliamentarian T.B. Ekanayake said.
However, the decision to give nomination to the former President is yet to be endorsed by the Central Committee of the party.
When contacted by Colombo Telegraph, a senior spokesman of the party said a date has not yet been fixed for a Central Committee meeting.
The Central Committee is the Supreme decision making body of the SLFP and it is chaired by President Maithripala Sirisena.
Although UPFA General Secretary Susil Premajayantha issued a statement on Friday with regard to Rajapaksa’s candidature, it did not make any reference to the SLFP.
Meanwhile, breaking his silence over the issue surrounding Mahinda Rajapaksa’s nominations, President Maithripala Sirisena today said that he would not let the return of family rule, adding that the silent revolution of January 8 will not be turned back.
He made this comment at the ceremony to mark the beginning of the Matara-Hambantota stretch of the Southern Expressway. The event was held at Godagama in Matara. UNP General Secretary Kabir Hashim, several other politicians and senior state officials were also present at the event.
“I have been in politics for 49 years. Any decision I make will be in line with the ‘change’ happened on January 09,” Sirisena said.
In a twitter post, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe today said that the UNP was not interested about nominations of other parties.
“Together, President and I pledged to change the course of the country. That was the mandate. I will not go back on that promise,” the Prime Minister said.
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