Fonseka ready to be SL President

Male, July 14 (FN Agency) Field Marshal Sarath Fonseka on Thursday said that he was ready to accept Sri Lanka’s presidency if the majority of MPs elected him to the post. “I have been asked to contest for presidency by some sections of MPs including a group from SLPP. Therefore, I will accept the post if I am elected,” the former Army commander told the media here.

Asked whether he had informed his party leader Sajith Premadasa, Fonseka said: “I don’t have to tell the leader about my personal discussions.” Fonseka, who commanded the army when it crushed the Tamil Tigers in 2009 but later developed major differences with the now deposed Rajapaksa brothers, also told anti-government protesters that they should not be in a hurry to hand over the state buildings held by them in Colombo since July 9.