Ranil’s Challenge to Mahinda & Mahinda to announce future plans tomorrow

Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapakse (R) listens to Sri Lankan leader of the main opposition United National Party (UNP) Ranil Wickremesinghe during a Buddhist ceremony in Gangarama Temple in Colombo on February 6, 2012. Some 50 elephants, mostly from the central part of the island, together with thousands of traditional drummers, dancers, and monks gathered in the Sri Lankan capital to participate in the city's biggest two-day annual Buddhist procession starting February 6 to 7. The procession was first held in 1979. AFP PHOTO/Ishara S.KODIKARA (Photo credit should read Ishara S.KODIKARA/AFP/Getty Images)

Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa will announce his future plans tomorrow (July 1). The former President’s office yesterday invited the media to Weeraketiya, Medamulana for the first official media briefing given by the former President since his defeat at the January, 2015 presidential election.

A spokesperson said that a special announcement would be made regarding the former SLFP leader’s strategy. 

President Maithripala Sirisena met his predecessor late last week at the President’s Wijerama Mawatha residence though both parties denied having had a one-on-one at the official residence of the Speaker. SLFP seniors remained tight-lipped about the former President’s strategy. (SF)

Ranil challenges MR to defeat him

Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapakse (R) listens to Sri Lankan leader of the main opposition United National Party (UNP) Ranil Wickremesinghe during a Buddhist ceremony in Gangarama Temple in Colombo on February 6, 2012. Some 50 elephants, mostly from the central part of the island, together with thousands of traditional drummers, dancers, and monks gathered in the Sri Lankan capital to participate in the city's biggest two-day annual Buddhist procession starting February 6 to 7. The procession was first held in 1979. AFP PHOTO/Ishara S.KODIKARA (Photo credit should read Ishara S.KODIKARA/AFP/Getty Images)

Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapakse (R) listens to Sri Lankan leader of the main opposition United National Party (UNP) Ranil Wickremesinghe

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe challenged former president Mahinda Rajapaksa to defeat him if possible after securing the prime ministerial candidature.

Unless he can take up this challenge, Mr. Rajapaksa and his henchmen should stay confined to their houses and not contest, he said. 
He made this observation at a meeting in Dambulla.

“I do not know whether he will accept the challenge or run away from it,” he said. He said LTTE leader Velupillai Prabhakaran was no longer there to bail out Mr. Rajapaksa at an election. He said he was ready for the electoral battle.

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