Maithripala Sirisena has abandoned his re-election bid [File: Dinuka Liyanawatte/Reuters]

Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena has decided not to run in the country’s presidential election next month.

Sirisena’s name was not on a list of 41 candidates who paid deposits by Sunday’s noon deadline to contest the November 16 presidential poll, according to Election Commission records.

Sirisena caused a constitutional crisis last year when he sacked Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe and replaced him with ex-President Mahinda Rajapaksa, a former political rival.

The Supreme Court later ruled against Sirisena’s action and reinstated Wickremesinghe.

Sirisena also faced criticism over the government’s handling of an intelligence report warning of the Easter Day bombings that killed 250 people.

Al Jazeera’s Minelle Fernandez, reporting from Sri Lanka’s capital, Colombo, said

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