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President Mahinda Rajapaksa told the Cabinet yesterday that local government members, whom he had consulted for their views on the next election, wanted him to call a snap presidential election.
The President said local government members had a better understanding of politics at grassroots level and were thus well placed to know the pulse of the people.
He said on November 15 he would announce his decision and asked the ministers to be ready for any eventuality.
“I am not greedy for the presidency. That is why, I do not even care about sacrificing two years of my first term,” President Rajapaksa said adding that he would again talk to leaders of political parties in the ruling coalition to seek their views on whether it should be the Presidential or General Election that should be held first.
Meanwhile the Cabinet also discussed the trade union crisis, and the President said his talks with trade union representatives were not given adequate coverage even in the state media.
Minister Rajitha Senaratne is reported to have emphasized the need to re-organize trade unions affiliated to government allies.