The Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) and the Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP) have decided to contest separately at the presidential elections.
Following weeks of discussions, both sides have decided to look at contesting provincial council elections and general elections as an alliance.
However, both parties will part ways during the presidential election with the SLFP choosing a candidate and the SLPP looking to announce their candidate on 11 August at the party convention.
SLFP General Secretary Dayasiri Jayasekara confirmed that the SLFP would be nominating a separate candidate for the upcoming presidential elections.
“Following the series of talks that were held over the past weeks, our party is looking at nominating President Maithripala Sirisena should he seek a second term in office. At the moment, we are waiting on the President’s decision, failing which, we would nominate another suitable candidate. But that would be decided if the President does not wish to contest for a second term.”
SLPP Secretary Sagara Kariyawasam meanwhile, said that both parties have agreed to contest as an alliance for all elections except at the presidential polls.
“From the beginning, we were of the view that we would form an alliance with the SLFP and our supporting parties for the provincial council polls and general elections. The big reveal of our presidential candidate would be made by our Party Leader Mahinda Rajapaksa during the convention in August.”