Colombo Telegraph

Sirisena Succumbs To Pressure: Ranatunga’s Nominations Accepted & MR To Contest From UPFA

After extensive negotiations, the United People’s Freedom Alliance has finally agreed to give nominations to Western Province Chief minister Prasanna Ranatunga to contest from the UPFA.

With the assurance that the former Chief Minister will be allowed to contest the election, former President Mahinda Rajapaksa has agreed to sign nomination papars to contest the election under the UPFA alliance.

Party sources said the former President would sign the nomination papers soon.

Nominations of the United People’s Freedom Alliance hit a fresh snag last evening when President Maithripala Sirisena opposed giving nomination to 10 stalwarts of the pro – Rajapaksa camp, including Western Province Chief Minister Prasanna Ranatunga.

Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa had insisted that all members of the “Abhayaramaya cabal“, including Ranatunga, should be given nomination from the UPFA to contest the election. Rajapaksa said he would pull out of the UPFA and contest from a separate front if the UPFA failed to meet his demand.

Signing of the UPFA nominations is presently underway at Mahaveli Centre, Colombo 07.

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