The Left Front has decided to field Dr. Vickramabahu Karunaratne as its candidate at the upcoming presidential election. He will contest against President Mahinda Rajapaksa and possibly General Sarath Fonseka who is scheduled to confirm this week if he will run for the post.
At a media briefing in Colombo, Dr. Karunaratne said that his mission would be to create national unity, without which no development could take place. With the support of other leftist and democratic forces, the Left Front leader said, he would take up the fight on behalf of the working class and the suffering masses.
Dr. Karunaratne alleged the regime of president Mahinda Rajapaksa was backed by India and global powers, while Gen. Sarath Fonseka was the alternative of the far-right militaristic section of global powers.
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