Minister of Science and Technology and Leader of the LSSP, Prof. Tissa Vitharana told the Sunday Observer that his party decided to support President Mahinda Rajapaksa running for a third term because he was sworn-in as Executive President on his second term only after the 18th Amendment was incorporated to the constitution and there were constitutional impediments.
He said that sections of the international community, led by the US and other conservative forces of the world, are endeavouring to make the forthcoming Presidential election an opportunity for regime change.
Their main representative in Sri Lanka is none other than leader of the UNP Ranil Wickremesinghe whether in the guise of a common candidate or a candidate directly from the UNP, the Minister said.
The outcome will be a change of regime where ultimately the UNP will come into power. The LSSP and other leftist parties are totally opposed to those changes and that is why they have been consistently taking a stand against regime change and support the candidature of President Mahinda Rajapaksa although there are many shortcomings which need to be corrected, he said.
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The Leftist Front comprising the Frontline Socialist Party (FLSP), New Leftist Front (NLF) and the United Socialist Party (USP) had decided to field FLSP politburo member Duminda Nagamuwa as their common candidate for the upcoming presidential election.
FLSP Propaganda Secretary Pubudu Jagoda said today that they held discussions with leftist parties about the possibility of fielding such a candidate soon after the announcement of the election.
“We are having discussions with several other socialist parties and organizations such as the Maoist Communist Party, Praxis Collective and People’s March to get their support as well. They will also join us in our campaign,” he said.
He said the main political parties were engaged in an attempt at increasing their vote base rather than addressing the issues of the working people.
“The main political parties are not talking about people’s issues but they are trying to change the people’s opinion and increase their votes. There were rumours that some ruling party politicians may cross over but they now say they will not. The people know that large sums of money are changing hands,” he said. (Ajith Siriwardana)
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