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Monday, 30 September 2019 - 7:52
Final decision of the SLFP regarding the presidential election today
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The SLFP is to make a final decision on whether they would be backing SLPP presidential candidate Gotabhaya Rajapaksa at this years presidential election. 

The SLFP central committee is to convene under the patronage of President Maithreepala Sirisena at 7 pm at the presidents official residence today in order to take a decision on the matter.

9 rounds of discussions were held between the SLFP and SLPP on contesting for the presidential election united, and both parties had agreed on several principles.

However as both parties are on two separate pages regarding the Flower bud symbol under which Gotabhaya Rajapaksa will be contesting for this year’s presidential election, a final decision is yet to be taken on the matter.

SLPP has stated that the symbol of the flower bud cannot be changed, while SLFP is of the belief that the symbol should be changed to a common symbol.

The SLFP group of MPs met under the patronage of president Maithreepala Sirisena on the night of 27th September at the presidents official residence and it has been reported that discussions on the symbol that should be contested on has been discussed for over three hours.

Further a meeting between the joint opposition leaders and the president was also held day before yesterday.  

In addition UNP General Secretary Minister Akila Viraj Kariyawasam directing a letter to the SLFP General Secretary MP Dayasiri Jayasekera last Saturday had requested for a meeting with the representatives of both parties.

However, president Maithreepala Sirisena expressed these views at the SLFP convention held in Kurunegala regarding the discussion he had with the SLPP chiefs.
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