Sri Lankan President Ranil Wickramasinghe appears to be opting to ditch traditional party politics and pursue an independent candidacy, according to a Yukthiya.lk news report.

This strategy marks a significant departure from the usual party-backed campaigns and signifies Wickramasinghe’s intention to position himself as a “common candidate” endorsed by a broad spectrum of political forces. The report suggests he has secured promises of support from both government and opposition parties and groups, provided he runs independently.

Abandoning the United National Party (UNP) and the ruling Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP) – or any party alliances – is an approach that aims to tap into popular discontent with established political formations and garner wider public appeal by transcending partisan divides.

Further underlining his commitment to this independent path, Wickramasinghe has reportedly secured a new base for his campaign operation in Flower Road, Colombo. He has reportedly planned to launch campaign activities from there in early January.

Personnel recruitment for this office is also underway, with reports suggest that staff from the President’s Office will be reassigned to the new campaign HQ.

Whether Wickramasinghe’s gamble pays off remains to be seen. The Sri Lankan political landscape is notoriously complex, and navigating it successfully as an independent candidate will be a formidable challenge. However, his decision to break free from party politics undoubtedly adds a new and intriguing dimension to the upcoming presidential race.

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