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Lanka’s ex-Army chief Mahesh Senanayake to run for President

NPM’s Senanayake pledges legal reform and a ‘new political’ culture for the country.

Former Army commander of Sri Lanka Mahesh Senanayake on Sunday announced that he would contest the November 16 Presidential election, pledging legal reform and a “new political” culture for the country.

General Senanayake is being fielded by the National People’s Movement (NPM), a collective of island-wide civil society organisations that converged in late 2018, with the aim of offering a political alternative.