Premadasa's open challenge to Rajapaksa

New Democratic Front (NDF) presidential candidate Sajith Premadasa has written to his rival Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna's (SLPP) Gotabaya Rajapaksa, inviting him to an open debate aimed at giving voters an opportunity to weigh the abilities of the two contenders ahead of the November 16 election.

'I hope you would agree with me that this is the democratic right of our citizens to be well informed about their choices. There is no better opportunity for candidates to weigh candidates' abilities, character and vision,' Premadasa said in the letter, copies of which were released to the media on Sunday.