May 31, 2019 / 11:12 AM / 16 days ago

Sri Lanka president says undecided whether to run in upcoming poll

FILE PHOTO: Sri Lanka's President Maithripala Sirisena speaks during an interview with Reuters at his residence in Colombo, Sri Lanka May 4, 2019. REUTERS/Dinuka Liyanawatte

NEW DELHI (Reuters) - Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena said on Friday that he had not decided on seeking another term in an election that is due by year-end.

“I am not in a hurry to decide whether to stand,” Sirisena told a news conference in New Delhi, a day after attending Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s swearing-in ceremony.

Sirisena has faced criticism over his leadership after a string of deadly suicide bombings killed more than 250 people in the island nation on April 21.

Reporting by Alasdair Pal, Writing by Devjyot Ghoshal; Editing by Krishna N. Das

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