No one to challenge President
Candidature to be announced at party convention:
Media Minister Lakshman Yapa Abeywardena said that President Mahinda
Rajapaksa would be the only candidate of the Government at the
Speaking at a press conference at the Media Centre for National
Development, the Minister added that there would be no one to challenge
His candidature will be announced at the Sri Lanka Freedom Party
He said: “People always hope for a trustworthy person to become the
President.” Referring to the salary increase, the Minister said the
Government had taken a policy decision earlier not to increase the
salaries. However, increased salaries for November and December will be
paid in January, he said.
The Minister said that President Mahinda Rajapaksa had instructed the
Ampara District Secretary to pay 76 million rupees as compensation for
the affected farmers.
The Media Minister said that the government had given employment to
350,000 people without expecting any benefit from the elections.