UNP responds to MR on early polls
The main opposition United National Party (UNP) today responded to a comment made by President Mahinda Rajapaksa recently and called for early elections.
Speaking at the UNP May Day rally in Ampara, UNP leadership council chairman Karu Jayasuriya said that the UNP wants the President to go for early elections.
However he said President Mahinda Rajapaksa should ensure the elections are free and fair and held in a democratic manner.
President Mahinda Rajapaksa had recently said the Government is ready to hold a snap Presidential or General election next year if the opposition makes a formal request.
Speaking to newspaper Editors in Colombo at a breakfast meeting recently, the President had said that he has no plans to hold a snap Presidential election next year as his term ends in 2016.
However he said if the opposition makes a request for an early election then he is prepared to consider the request.
“I will need to ask the opposition leader what election he wants first,” the President had said jokingly.
Meanwhile, earlier this week the UNP had said that its focus right now is on the Uva elections and not a Presidential or General election.
UNP MP John Amarathunga had told the Colombo Gazette that the opposition will not be fooled by claims by President Mahinda Rajapaksa that he is ready to hold a snap election.
Amarathunga said that the President has always maintained he will not hold a Presidential election ahead of 2016 when his term ends and so the opposition does not expect him to change that position without being pressured to do so.
The Government is expected to call for elections in the Uva province next and Amarathunga says the focus of the UNP will be to prepare for that election first.