Sirisena rules out seek­ing 2nd term as prez

The Times of India (New Delhi edition) - - Times Global -

Colombo: Sri Lankan Pres­i­dent Maithri­pala Sirisena on Sun­day ruled out con­test­ing the pres­i­den­tial elec­tions for a sec­ond term as he failed to make a de­posit to con­test the Novem­ber 16 polls. The dead­line to make the de­posits ended at 12 noon (lo­cal time) on Sun­day and Sirisena was not among the 41 can­di­dates who had paid de­posits in or­der to han­dover nom­i­na­tions on Mon­day.

A record 41 can­di­dates rep­re­sent­ing dif­fer­ent po­lit­i­cal par­ties and in­de­pen­dent groups have placed cash de­posits for the elec­tion. This is the largest num­ber of pres­i­den­tial can­di­dates who have de­posited money in the his­tory, of­fi­cials said.

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