Srilankan former President says fresh elections are needed


Posted on 02 May 2022


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Former Sri Lanka President and Chairman of the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) Maithripala Sirisena, speaking at a May Day rally organized by his party in Polonnaruwa on Sunday, called for new elections in the country. According to Colombo Page, Sirisena said that politicians should take the side of the people at a time when the country is experiencing a huge tragedy, and that he took to the streets on International Labor Day to do so. The former president went on to say that he couldn't stay at home when the people were in pain and the country was beset by thousands of difficulties. The former president further warned that if the current politicians remain in power, people will die at home, claiming that two or three lakhs of people in the country are already starving and that he is receiving calls from people all across the country requesting food. The economic condition has sparked widespread protests, with Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa and President Gotabaya Rajapaksa being called to quit.


Key Points


  • Former Sri Lanka President and Chairman of the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) Maithripala Sirisena, speaking at a May Day rally organized by his party in Polonnaruwa on Sunday, called for new elections in the country.

  • The economic condition has sparked widespread protests, with Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa and President Gotabaya Rajapaksa being called to quit.


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