“We want to have Mandelas but not Mugabes”; MR won’t get nomination: Rajitha Senaratne

Rajitha Senaratne

June 18, 2015 (LBO) – Sri Lanka’s President would not allow the comeback of former President Mahinda Rajapakse, and the party will not give nomination to him in the forthcoming general election, Cabinet spokesmen Rajitha Senaratne told reporters today in Colombo.

“The six member committee of the SLFP met the President last evening and asked whether former President Rajapakse can contest for prime minister, but President Sirisena said no,” Senaratne told reporters.

“Then they asked whether he can come from the National List and the President said no and they asked whether the party will give nomination to Rajapakse and the President said no,”

“As a party we want to produce people like Mandela not the people like Mugabe.” Senaratne said.

A six member committee was appointed to coordinate between President Maithripala Sirisena and former President Mahinda Rajapaksa, with regard to the future affairs of the United People’s Freedom Alliance on Tuesday (16) this month.

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Namal
Namal
7 years ago

Rajitja may be among the worst cabinet spokespersons ever, but that is one hell of a quote.

Was it made by the President or Rajitha?

BKVWHK
BKVWHK
7 years ago

And, in MR, we had Mandela (liberation from terrorism) and Lee Kuan Yew (economic development) in one. Can anyone else deliver?

Suneth
Suneth
7 years ago

A person once held top position at UPFA today stop from getting nomination to contest election. Former president Mahinda Rajapake go on history as a leader stop the war and giving the freedom to live for all people from different ethnicity. This is totally unfair and the correct thing is to let people to decide rather than commenting on be Mandela or Mugabe. I hope Dr. Rajith will never go to Zimbabwe.

Sumanasiri
Sumanasiri
7 years ago

The people can decide, but a political party has a right to exclude someone who they think toxic.

MR can put it to the people but he’ll have to find a new party because the SLFP and UPFA have decided that him contesting on thier ticket is not in thier interest.

Let’s just hope they discard other garbage like Namal, Duminda, Lohan, and about a hundred other people that belong in jail rather than parliament.

Shamefully, they will not.