Colombo, March 17: Former Sri Lankan president Mahinda Rajapaksa has decided to contest for the prime ministership in the parliamentary elections scheduled to be held after April 23.
Rajapaksa, who lost the presidential election in January, has decided to contest under the banner of the Sri Lanka Labour Party, a seperate political party and not his own Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP).
Rajapaksa had decided to contest under the Sri Lanka Labour Party banner after failing to secure the full support of the SLFP.
Rajapaksa was replaced by current President Maithripala Sirisena as the chairman of the SLFP following the presidential election in January.
The former president was later named as an advisor to the SLFP and it was widely speculated that he would make his return to politics before the parliamentary elections.