Sri Lankan opposition candidate promises presidency answerable to the parliament

10:53, December 14, 2009      

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The common candidate of Sri Lanka's opposition parties for the forthcoming presidential election Sarath Fonseka said on Sunday that the main objective of his arrival to the politics is the abolition of executive presidency.

Fonseka, who was the island's Chief of Defense Staff General before contesting the presidency, made the remarks at the first joint press conference hosted by the leaders of the opposition political parties which support Fonseka at the presidential election.

He said the new president's post should be answerable to parliament, adding that he will ensure a corruption free country under him.

The opposition parties also challenged incumbent President Mahinda Rajapakse to come with a television debate with Fonseka.

Fonseka said he was not in a position to come to politics after his retirement, but had to do so to stop the corruption in the country.

He said as the commander of the army leading the troops to defeat Tamil Tiger rebels, he will expose who was behind the successful war. He that it was him who led several operations against the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam during the war.

Rajapakse called an early presidential election two years ahead of schedule aimed at capitalizing on his popularity among the majority Sinhalese as a result of the war victory. 

Source: Xinhua
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