This Article is From Mar 17, 2015

Former Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapakse to Contest for Prime Minister's Post

Former Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapakse to Contest for Prime Minister's Post

File Photo: Former Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapakse

Colombo, Sri Lanka:

Former Sri Lankan president Mahinda Rajapakse has decided to contest for the post of prime minister in the parliamentary elections scheduled to be held after April 23.

Mr Rajapakse, who lost the presidential election in January, has decided to contest under the banner of the Sri Lanka Labour Party, a seperate political party and not his own Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP).

Sri Lanka Labour Party leader ASP Liyanage told Xinhua that Rajapakse has already discussed the matter with his party and had also gathered support for the move from some SLFP members.

Mr Rajapakse had decided to contest under the Sri Lanka Labour Party banner after failing to secure the full support of the SLFP.

Mr Rajapakse was replaced by current President Maithripala Sirisena as the chairman of the SLFP following the presidential election in January.

The former president was later named as an advisor to the SLFP and it was widely speculated that he would make his return to politics before the parliamentary elections.