Presidential polls in Lanka: Sirisena to ‘remain neutral’

Presidential polls in Lanka: Sirisena to ‘remain neutral’

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Colombo, Nov 15 : Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena on Friday said that a free and fair election was taking place in the Island country for the first time and he had 'decided to remain neutral'.

"I have instructed security and police personnel to ensure a free and fair election as Defence Minister and as the Minister in charge of the police. This election will be historical because of my decision of remaining neutral," the Daily Mirror quoted Mr Sirisena as saying.

According to the paper, he was speaking at the Police Department Auditorium, where he was felicitated for his services rendered as the Minister In-charge of the police.

He said being neutral was a key feature in a government, which respects democracy.
The Island country goes to the polls on Saturday to elect a new President, months after the deadly terrorist attacks shook the country, killing more than 250 people. (UNI)