Sri Lanka Presidential Election: Presidential election is going to be held in Sri Lanka today on 20 July. Just before the election, opposition leader Sajith Premdasa, who is considered a strong contender for the post, distanced himself from the race and said that I withdraw my candidacy for the post of President. Along with this, he said that our opposition allies will work hard in this direction going forward.
Premadasa appealed to India
Sajith Premadasa tweeted after withdrawing his candidature. In which he wrote that, ‘Whoever be the President of Sri Lanka tomorrow, I have a humble and heartfelt request to the Prime Minister of India, Honorable Narendra Modi (PM Modi) that he will continue to assist. He wrote that Prime Minister Modi urges all political parties of India and the people of India to help Mother Lanka and its people to come out of this disaster.
India’s help appreciated
Sajith Premadasa in his statement on Sunday had appreciated India’s help and said that he would continue to seek help and support from India. India has so far helped Sri Lanka of $ 3.8 billion. Premadasa further said that we appreciate the tremendous support of the Government of India in meeting the basic needs of our people.
Three leaders will try their luck, who will be the President…
Amidst the ongoing instability in Sri Lanka, Parliament will witness a triangular contest on Wednesday 20 July for the first time in 44 years. In which Ranil Wickremesinghe became the first Prime Minister to Acting President. The second is former media minister of the Rajapaksa government and SLPP member Dulce Alhapparuma for the presidency, while the name of Marxist party leader Anura Kumara Dissanayake has been included in the race as the third contender.
According to media reports, if Alhapparuma wins the presidency, Sajith Premadasa, a contract between the sections of the SJB and the SLPP, could be appointed prime minister. Elections for the new president will be held tomorrow after Gotabaya Rajapaksa, who fled the country, resigned from the presidency in the wake of protests erupted over his failure to deal with the worst economic crisis the country has ever faced.
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