PREZ RULES OUT SNAP PRES­I­DEN­TIAL POLL

SAYS WON’T ACT ON AGEN­DAS ONLY HE CAN DE­CLARE POLLS NOT DE­CIDED ON 2ND TERM ANY­THING CAN HAP­PEN IN ONE YEAR

Daily Mirror (Sri Lanka) - - FRONT PAGE - BY KELUM BANDARA

Pres­i­dent Maithri­pala Sirisena yesterday ruled out a snap pres­i­den­tial elec­tion de­spite sev­eral par­ties such as the United Na­tional Party (UNP) urg­ing him to do so. He told that he would not act ac­cord­ing to the po­lit­i­cal agen­das of oth­ers. Un­der the coun­try’s Con­sti­tu­tion, the Pres­i­dent can de­clare a pres­i­den­tial elec­tion at any time af­ter four years if he in­tended to seek a fresh man­date.

“If there is a snap pres­i­den­tial elec­tion, only I have to de­clare it. I have no in­ten­tion of do­ing so. I am not ready to com­ply with the po­lit­i­cal agen­das of oth­ers,” the Pres­i­dent said.

When asked whether he would con­test for a sec­ond term at the pres­i­den­tial elec­tion sched­uled for later next year, he said it was too early to de­cide on it.

“There is no need to de­cide on it now. If you look at the past one month, pol­i­tics has been rid­dled with hap­pen­ings on an hourly ba­sis. As me­dia per­son­nel, you all have so many news sto­ries. That is what hap­pened dur­ing the past five weeks. Who could say what will hap­pen in a pe­riod of one year from now? We can­not say any­thing now,” he said.

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