Putting forward Maithripala, an underhand act
The latest political scenario where the UNP and its allies have put
forward former Health Minister and SLFP General Secretary Maithripala
Sirisena as an Opposition common candidate to run for the January 8
presidential poll is an underhand act of conservative and imperialistic
international forces to bring about a regime change, Science and
Technology Minister Prof. Tissa Vitharana told the Sunday Observer
These forces have been seeking such a change for a longtime to
implement their neo-liberal agenda (neo-colonial agenda) to serve their
interests, he said.
Despite Sirisena's intention to scrap the Executive Presidency and
introduce electoral reforms, the UNP is very unlikely to repeal its own
1978 Constitution but would instead retain it to achieve some of its
objectives, Prof. Vitharana said.
As the leader of the LSSP Prof Vitharana has pledged to support
President Mahinda Rajapaksa running for a third term because he never
bowed down to the pressure tactics of the US-led international community
and refused to fall in line with their neo-liberal agenda.
If he had done so, the economy would have been in peril, Prof.
Their party also took into account the fact that there are no
Constitutional impediments, whatsoever, for him to run for a third term.
He was sworn in on his second term only after the 18th Amendment was
incorporated to the Constitution, he said.