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TNA to decide on common opposition candidate endorsement

The Tamil National Alliance (TNA) is to meet on Monday to decide on whether to endorse the common opposition candidate, former general secretary of the SLFP, Maitripala Sirisena.

The TNA leader, R. Sampanthan told BBC Tamil, a decision had not been taken so dar, and would be taken shortly.

"His views are welcome, but we haven't come together as a party to discuss this," Sampanthan said on Friday, adding that there was a need to obtain the views of the Tamil people.

Meanwhile, TNA MP Mavai Senathiraja told Ceylon Today:

"The TNA will be meeting on Monday to decide on its stance with regard to the new political developments in the South. We have to act cautiously in taking our decisions. The TNA will even meet the people in the North and East before arriving at any decision."
TNA MP Suresh Premachandran, told the newspaper, that "support will be extended to whoever addresses the issues of Tamil people in the country".

"Tamils have different problems about which people in the South are not aware. We want those to be addressed," he added.

In July, Sirisena, then a minister in Rajapaksa's government, described those who had supported the UN inquiry into mass atrocities in Sri Lanka as "ghosts of the LTTE".

“Their objective is very clear. They have a totally different agenda. Their real but hidden agenda is changing the democratically elected government and the leadership of Sri Lanka,” he told Daily News.

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