Sri Lankan minister to challenge Rajapaksa in presidential poll

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Posted: Nov 21, 2014 5:25 AM

COLOMBO (Reuters) - Sri Lankan Health Minister Mithripala Sirisena on Friday resigned from the government and said he would run as a common opposition candidate against President Mahinda Rajapaksa in a snap election due in January.

"I am thankful for being selected as the common candidate. I will abolish the executive presidency in 100 days," Sirisena told reporters in Colombo.

(Reporting by Ranga Sirilal; Writing by Shihar Aneez)