Published On: Fri, Jun 2nd, 2017

Amaraweera SLFP second tier leader

The Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) leadership has identified that Minister of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Mahinda Amaraweera is a suitable candidate to lead the Sri Lanka Freedom Party in the future, State Minister of…… Highways Dilan Perera revealed yesterday.

Addressing a media briefing, Perera said that one of the foremost issues plaguing the main political parties in Sri Lanka was a lack of strong second tier leaders.

“The absence of strong second tie leaders is a serious problem being faced by our political parties. It is high time that SLFPers are groomed to take up leadership in the future”

He said that leader of the SLFP, President Maithripala Sirisena had indicated that Minister Amaraweera was a suitable individual to head the next generation of SLFPers.

“In such a context, Minister Amaraweera is a suitable and competent politician who is very much up to the task”

When journalists inquired as to whether there would be animosity between former President Mahinda Rajapaksa, who is an SLFP senior leader from the South, and Minister Amaraweera who is also from the South, Minister Perera responded that there would no such problem.

“The former President has stepped down from his post and paved the way for others. He was a President of this country, why should he have any animosity? In addition, Minister Amaraweera was with the former President during the former Government. There should be no enmity between the two for these reasons and many more”.

State Minister of Finance, Lakshman Yapa Abeywardana also participated in the Press Conference.

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