Jan 14, Colombo: Sri Lanka's main opposition United National Party (UNP) says it is preparing for the next presidential election and that a common candidate will be named by the party at the time.
Head of the UNP Communications Division, parliamentarian Mangala Samaraweera told a news conference that the party was preparing for the next presidential election along with the campaign for the provincial council elections scheduled to be held this March.
He noted that the government is planning on holding a presidential election before the end of the current term of the President.
Explaining that the party is looking at fielding a common candidate at the next presidential election, Samaraweera said discussions are already underway with other opposition political parties to get their support for the UNP's common candidate.
Samaraweera however refrained from mentioning who the UNP is looking at mooting as the next common presidential candidate.
At the last presidential election in 2010, the UNP fielded the former Army Commander Sarath Fonseka as the common opposition candidate against President Mahinda Rajapaksa.