Mano Says Solution Not Expected

By Waruni Karunarathne

As the common candidate Maithreepala Sirisena is seeking a mandate to be an interim president, Tamils cannot expect him to present a proposal to address the Tamil national issue in his election manifesto, the Democratic People’s Front said.

The Leader of the Democratic People’s Front Mano Ganesan told The Sunday Leader that Sirisena is seeking a mandate to be an interim president with specific goals to restore democracy. According to him, the prime goals of the interim president include abolishing the executive presidency, repealing the 18th Amendment and implementing the 17th Amendment.

He said that the government which comes into power at the next General election will look to address the Tamil issue.

mano“The new government emerging from the general election will be expected to address the national question as a priority issue. It will be naive to expect Maithreepala Sirisena’s interim presidency to address the national question because it is a larger issue. Hence we will not block the restoration of democracy now. The government expect us to do that. But we are clever enough not to fall into the government’s plans. It is the position of the DPF,” Ganesan said.

Common opposition candidate Maithripala Sirisena had said last week that his election manifesto would not include proposals for a political solution for the Tamils.

Sirisena said that his main focus is the 100-day plan which will look at abolishing the Executive Presidency and making urgent constitutional changes.

According to him, once his 100-day plan is implemented a Parliament election will be held and the new government will then need to look at the Tamil issue.