The Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP) will support Prime Minister and Acting President Ranil Wickremesinghe in the upcoming Parliamentary vote to appoint a President, SLPP General Secretary Sagara Kariyawasam said.
Further, it was also stated that SLPP will not nominate a Presidential candidate as such a move will be contrary to the purpose for which former President Gotabaya Rajapaksa stepped down.
“Rajapaksa made the decision to step down following a meeting held with party leaders on 9 July in order to pave the way for the establishment of an all-party Government,” SLPP noted.
“Since SLPP has majority in Parliament, if a Presidential candidate is nominated from the party, there will be a conflict with the main purpose of Rajapaksa’s resignation,” they said while noting that SLPP has made way for the establishment of an all-party Government that would restore law and order while stressing on the need for the establishment of a plan for economic recovery.
Further, SLPP issuing a statement noted it is the first time in Political history that an Executive President was forced to step down adding that it is also very rare for a Politician to withdraw himself from politics noting however that Rajapaksa was compelled to make such decision.
BY Faadhila Thassim