says Mahinda the UPFA candidate
Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapakse will be the UPFA's candidate at
the upcoming Presidential elections. This has been formally conveyed
to him by President Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga.
came when she met Premier Rajapakse for a lengthy meeting on the
controversial joint mechanism last Monday at Janadipathi Mandiraya.
Kumaratunga told Mr. Rajapakse it was she who had made him the Leader
of the Opposition and later the Prime Minister. Similarly she would
also make him the UPFA's Presidential candidate but she warned him
not to be misled by other political parties.
veiled reference was to the JVP, the Government's junior partner
which has issued an ultimatum to quit the UPFA if President Kumaratunga
does not withdraw the joint mechanism before June 15.
had also mentioned Premier Rajapakse's candidacy for the Presidential
elections to a group of MPs. The other contender, Tourism Minister
Anura Bandaranaike had been present on that occasion.
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