Pressure Mounts on Mahinda Rajapaksa to Announce Brother Gotabaya’s Name as SLPP Presidential Candidate But Mahinda Refuses to Reveal Candidate’s Name Until August 11th.

By Norman Palihawadana

The Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP) would definitely announce its Presidential candidate on August 11, Opposition Leader Mahinda Rajapaksa said yesterday.

Rajapaksa however again refused to reveal whether former Defence Secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa would be the SLPP’s candidate.

Pressure has been mounting on Mahinda Rajapaksa to name his brother Gotabaya as the SLPP presidential candidate.

On Sunday, the SLPP Gampaha District Committee unanimously decided that Gotabaya Rajapaksa should be the party’s Presidential candidate, Prasanna Ranatunga told the media.

“People want Gotabaya Rajapaksa to be our presidential candidate. We discussed the matter and our unanimous decision was that the former defence secretary is the ideal candidate. Mahinda Rajapaksa is to declare who our Presidential candidate at the party convention on August 11. Hopefully, he will also listen to what we have to say.’

Courtesy:The Island