Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa calls early presidential election

Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa on Monday ordered a fresh Presidential election, possibly in the second half of January, two years ahead of his tenure, and stuck to his plans unveiled in an interview to The Hindu in the first week of July.

“President Mahinda Rajapaksa proclaimed that he will seek a fresh mandate as per constitutional provision and this has been duly gazetted (Gazette Notification No. 1629/8/20091123), Secretary to the President told after midnight on Monday night.

The decision on a fresh mandate was made public after the President and representatives of 26 of his allies met and assessed the strengths and weaknesses of Mr. Rajapaksa’s rivals. “The President is very confident of a clear second endorsement from the people,” a senior Minister present at the meeting said.

Under the Constitution, the President can call a presidential election once the incumbent completes four years of the six-year term.


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