Ranil – Sajith – Dulles vie for Presidency!
A triangular fight for the Presidency is underway between Ranil Wickremesinghe, Sajith Premadasa and Dulles Alahapperuma, political sources say.
According to sources, the Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP) as well as certain MPs from the Samagi Jana Balawegaya (SJB) and several other parties are to nominate Wickremesinghe as the President.
Sources add that the group of 10 parties that left the government and became independent, the Sri Lanka Freedom Party as well as several SLPP MPs are backing Dallas Alahapperuma.
Meanwhile, the SJB had recently decided to unanimously nominate party leader - Sajith Premadasa as their candidate.
However, it is said that Mr. Tiran Alles has distanced himself from the 10-party group that became independent.
Nominations for a new President are to be accepted on July 19 while the new President will be appointed in a secret parliament vote on July 20.
Last night (13), the gazette extraordinary with regard to the appointment of Ranil Wickremesinghe as acting President, was issued.
In addition, Mr. Wickremesinghe has also informed Speaker Mahinda Yapa Abeywardena to nominate a Prime Minister who is acceptable to both the Government and Opposition.
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