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Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) General Secretary, MP Dayasiri Jayasekera says that the decision to extend the party’s support to

the Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP) presidential candidate Gotabaya Rajapaksa was a difficult one and that many electoral orgnaisers were opposed to the decision.

The MP made this observation at a news conference in Colombo.

He further noted that the United National Party (UNP) was engaged in getting SLFP organisers to support the candidature of the United National Front (UNF) presidential candidate Sajith Premadasa by offering money and other perks.

However, Jayasekera has said the SLFP had to choose the option of supporting the SLPP since its policies were similar to those of the SLFP.

Nevertheless, a majority of the SLFP organizers had objected to the SLFP proposal to extend support to the SLPP when SLFP Leader, President Maithripala Sirisena convened a meeting of party organizers on the 4th of this month and got a vote on what the party should do at the upcoming presidential election.   

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