Common Candidate MoU signing today
After weeks of negotiations and hammering out final policy details, opposition parties will ink a memorandum of understanding today morning to field a common opposition candidate at the January presidential poll.
The signing is to take place at the open air theatre of the Vihara Maha Devi Park at 10.00 a.m. It will be preceded by religious observers.
Led by the main opposition United National Party, the alliance of opposition parties and civil society movements will cement a common consensus to abolish the executive presidency, restore democratic freedoms and independent commissions to depoliticise the system.
Common Candidate Maithripala Sirisena, Opposition Leader Ranil Wickremesinghe, former President Chandrika Kumaratunga, Maduluwawe Sobitha Thero and JHU Chairman Athuraliye Rathana, Sarath Fonseka recent Government defectors, trade unionists, artists and civil society activists will participate in the event.