MS: Govt. will Serve full Term

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By Sandun A Jayasekera
Three more ministers of the National Unity Government took their oaths before President Maithripala Sirisena last morning at the Presidential Secretariat fattening the cabinet of ministers to 48 – inclusive of President Maithripala Sirisena and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe.

The new ministers who took oaths yesterday were Development Strategies and International Trade Affairs Minister Malik Samarawickrama, Irrigation and Water Resources Management Minister Vijith Vijayamuni Zoysa and Provincial Councils and Local Government Minister Faizer Mustapha.

Forty three cabinet ministers took their oaths last Friday before President Sirisena.
Foreign Affairs Minister Mangala Samaraweera took his oaths on August 24.


In a separate swearing in ceremony held at the Presidential Secretariat last afternoon 19 State Ministers and 21 Three deputy ministers also took their oaths before President Sirisena. Three deputy ministers were conspicuous by their absence at the swearing-in.  

President Maithripala Sirisena addressing the ministers, state ministers and deputy ministers who took their oaths yesterday said that whatever had been said and done by the government’s opponents, it would rule the country for the next five years without any hiccups to meet the targets set by UNP – SLFP led consensual government.

“Some opposition members expect the government to be short lived based on the results of the election.  Their thinking is that the days of this government are numbered and that it will be toppled before long. I must tell them that this government will not be stillborn and will complete term of five years,” he said.

He said a similar statement was made by S.W.R.D. Bandaranaike after he won the 1956 general elections and appealed to his political adversaries not to try to deliver a child before it completes its full term in the womb — thus ensuring a healthy child.

I must tell them that this government will go its full term of five years

“We have faced relentless criticism, insults, bitter abuse and brickbats leveled at us from the very inception of our government. They said a patriotic government had been replaced — in a conspiracy hatched by the western and imperial powers – with a government that dances to the tune of the West. Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe and I are ready to answer those allegations in the future. I must tell them that this government will never bow down to any foreign power or succumb to any pressure — as we have a tradition, culture and civilisation that we can look up to. We will never blacken that great history to the day we breathe our last,” he averred.

President Sirisena said all of the four religions practiced in Sri   Lanka preach reconciliation, brotherhood and compassion. “The people must decide what’s good for them. They must realise the importance of unity, love and understanding. We can’t go forward any more without unity and mutual understanding. The National Unity Government has target to make Sri Lanka the Center of Excellence in Asia in the next five years through a common and uninterrupted programme. The two year National Unity Government will show us whether the journey we began will be successful or not,” he said.

“We have a long journey before us. The journey is difficult, painful and tedious, and a challenge. Prime Minister Wickremesinghe and I have faced this challenge because of our desire to change the course of the country. Both of us are well aware that it is not a bed of roses. Many politicians are not ready to sacrifice their political power to bring relief and a smile to faces of the people. They prefer to use their political power for their comfort.  

He said the selection of cabinet ministers, state ministers and deputy ministers was not an easy task and Prime Minister Wickremesinghe had to spend several sleepless nights and the situation was made more difficult by the fact that he had to pick ministers and deputy ministers from different political parties.

He vowed that the consensual government would build a new Sri   Lanka based on peace, knowledge and technology within the next two years. “For that what we want is peace but not confrontation. To do that all the cabinet ministers, state ministers and deputy ministers must dedicate their energy and time to nation building, while completely avoiding corruption, misdeeds and violence.

They must also restrict foreign trips. They must behave in such a way that they are not accused of unlawful or indecent actions.  I have no doubt that you have the ability, desire and strength to serve your people honestly and diligently under this government,” he said.