Unity Govt. will serve full term — PresidentPublished : 9:49 am January 9, 2017 | No comments so far | | (168) reads |
President Maithripala Sirisena and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe look at an exhibition of cartoons that appeared in the print media — before the start of the ceremony.
Pic. by Kushan Pathiraja
By Sandun A Jayasekera
President Maithripala Sirisena , in his second year anniversary speech , asserted that the current national unity government would serve its full term, and said anyone interested in nation-building should join hands with it.
He said some politicians who had been rejected by the people, were talking about elections, but they would be conducted only in another four years’ time. Therefore, he said there should not be any doubts about the government.
Addressing the ‘National Convention’ held last afternoon at the BMICH to mark the completion of two years since his victory at the presidential election, President Sirisena said the presidential election was held in 2015 as the Mahinda Rajapaksa government could not face the aggressive attitude of the international community towards it, and the impending economic crisis.
“The unity government has been able to dissuade them from threatening the president and top brass of the armed forces and soldiers with the electric chair. All global agencies like the UN, UNHRC and our traditional friends were against the government. In the last two years, since this government came to power we have been able to make friends with all these countries and international agencies. Today, we have no enemies in the international fora: the US, EU, Japan, India and China are our friends and keen to assist us. The World Bank, IMF, Asian Development Bank, JICA and many other global agencies and banks want to help us in our development and reconciliation efforts,” he said. Our history has taught us how Prince Duttagamini slept crouching on the bed. When his mother asked him the reason for sleeping like that, he replied saying that on the south it was the sea and on the north it was an enemy and how he could sleep well. The people got their full freedom and dignity by replacing the dictatorial, aggressive and rude ruler who had made the people of the country feel like Prince Duttagamini with a decent, democratic and god -fearing government, he said.
President Sirisena vowed that he would never let anyone topple the government as over 6.5 million people had given him a mandate to save this country from total destruction and make Sri Lanka a strong, decent and powerful country that could stand shoulder to shoulder with other