Driving the SLFP stream out of the traditional waves of politics, its chairman and former President Maithripala Sirisena said it is time the leadership of the Sri Lanka Freedom Party should be handed over to the youth with innovative ideas, thereby revealing that he wishes to sign himself off from all the positions in the party after the General Election.
The former president made this observation speaking to a public gathering held in Kalutara area.
He revealed that he would be acting as only an adviser to the party from thereon.
Denying the allegations levelled by certain critics that the party has been collapsed, Sirisena stressed that the SLFP is strong and its strength would further be nourished in the coming of youth leadership.
Mr. Sirisena who had signed himself off from the post of SLFP Secretary in 2015 had contested the presidential polls of the same year as the common candidate against then president Mahinda Rajapaksa who was contesting for the third tenure. Mr. Sirisena then had sworn that he would be acting as an independent president and that he wishes to proceed himself for retirement after abolishing the executive president system.
However, his promises had gradually been diverted into a direction through which the pledge to abolish the executive president system was never fulfilled and he had embraced the post as the chairman of the SLFP.