Three individuals are in the race to become the next President of Sri Lanka.
Secretary General of Parliament Dhammika Dassanayake confirmed that he has received and accepted nominations of Acting President Ranil Wickremesinghe, Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna Parliamentarian Dullas Alahapperuma and National People’s Power Parliamentarian Anura Kumara Dissanayake for the Presidency.
Nominations for the Presidency were called when Parliament convened under the auspices of Speaker of House Mahinda Yapa Abeywardena at 10 this morning.
Secretary General of Parliament Dhammika Dassanayake called for nominations for the office of President under Section 6 of the Presidential Elections (Special Provisions) Act, No. 2 of 1981.
Following the announcement, nominations were accepted by Secretary General of Parliament Dhammika Dassanayake.
Accordingly, the name of SLPP MP Dullas Alahapperuma was proposed for the Presidency by leader of the Samagi Jana Balawegaya Sajith Premadasa while it was seconded by Minister GL Pieris.
Meanwhile, the name of Acting President Ranil Wickremesinghe for the Presidency was proposed by Minister Dinesh Gunawardena while the proposal was seconded by Minister Manusha Nanayakkara. Leader of the NPP Anura Kumara Dissanayake’s name was also proposed for the Presidency.
The name was proposed by NPP MP Vijitha Herath and seconded by MP Harini Amarasuriya.
Accordingly, the Parliamentary vote to elect the next President of Sri Lanka will take place at 10am tomorrow.
Last week, Sri Lanka’s Seventh Executive President Gotabaya Rajapaksa resigned from his post following weeks-long protests.
Accordingly, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe was appointed as the Acting President to steer the country in the interim.
Meanwhile, earlier, the Samagi Jana Balawegaya led by Sajith Premadasa announced that they have decided to support Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP) Parliamentarian Dullas Alahapperuma to become the next President of Sri Lanka.
The decision was announced by Sajith Premadasa on his official twitter account.