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President to take back seat

SLFP leader President Maithripala Sirisena would take a neutral stance during the election, party General Secretary Dayasiri Jayasekara said.

Dayasiri Jayasekara said the president has taken the decision to honor his position as Commander in Chief of the Police and security forces.

“For the first time in history the President will, to an extent put his political party aside and be independent to ensure a free and fair election,” Jayasekera said.

Professor Rohana Lakshman Piyadasa will serve as the Acting SLFP leader until the conclusion of the poll.