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* Sri Lanka's opposition to promote a common platform instead of common candidate
Mon, Jul 21, 2014, 11:33 am SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

July 21, Colombo: Sri Lanka opposition parties, groups and organizations are trying to form a common platform with a common aim at the next presidential elections, political activists say.

The idea of a common platform is different from the common candidate and the common platform aims to abolish the executive presidency, according to the political activists.

Sources say that former President Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga, former presidential candidate Sarath Fonseka and Buddhist monk leader Ven. Maduluwawe Sobhitha Thero whose name was proposed as the common candidate of the opposition are supportive of this move.

A meeting of the political activists promoting a common platform has been summoned on July 24 in Colombo.

However, the Opposition Leader Ranil Wickremasinghe has expressed his wish to contest the anticipated presidential election. Incumbent President Mahinda Rajapaksa is expected to contest for re-election.

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