He came out of the blue: Maithripala Sirisena, a former high-profile Cabinet Minister in the UPFA government and SLFP General-Secretary, addressing the media as the Common Candidate for the January 8 Presidential poll, in Colombo on Friday.
(Pic by Kamal Bogoda)
About a dozen SLFPers identified as potential defectors
Dissidents unlikely to try to block budget: Rajitha
About a dozen SLFP MPs have been identified as potential defectors and action would be taken against them, the AFP news agency reported yesterday quoting an official close to the president who asked not to be named.
AFP also quoted former Fisheries Minister Rajitha Senaratne saying that the ruling party was split and many more were expected to jump ship.