In Sri Lanka, the official talks between the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) and Sri Lanka People’s party (SLPP) were held in Colombo today to discuss formation of a political alliance. SLFP General Secretary Dayasiri Jayasekara termed the talks as success adding that the second round of talks will be held next Thursday. SLPP national organiser Basil Rajapaksa had earlier said they would attend the discussion with an open mind with no strings attached. He said their presidential candidate would be decided by former President and their leader Mahinda Rajapaksa, when the time is right.
SLFP led by President Maithripala Sirisena has been supporting an alliance with SLPP headed by Mr Rajapaksa but some sections are opposed to it. SLFP has been calling for re-election of President Sirisena during presidential elections scheduled later this year but the idea has not found support from SLPP. Interestingly, SLPP was formed in 2016 by breakaway faction of SLFP after Rajapaksas defeat in 2015 Presidential elections.
Mr Sirisena, however, joined hands with former President appointing him as country’s prime minister for few weeks. Mr. Gotabaya Rajapaksa, brother of former President has been projecting himself as a Presidential candidate and has launched his campaign through some organisations.