Govt will continue till 2020-pm

Published : 9:10 am  January 29, 2018 | No comments so far |  | 


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Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe waves at the crowd. 
Pic by Pradeep Pathirane  


By Yohan Perera and Jayaratne Willara

The government will continue till 2020 after we take action to stabilize the economy by settling the country’s debt,  Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe said yesterday.   

The Prime Minister said this at an election rally in Kegalle last evening. “We will introduce the ‘Active Liability Bill’ and settle the country’s debts,” he said.   
The Prime Minister added that the Mattala Airport would be turned into a public private partnership in August this year. Additionally, he said the government intends to set up six industrial zones in the vicinity of the Hambantota Port and the Airport within the next five years. The PM also pledged that the Central Expressway that is being constructed would be diverted through Kegalle for the benefit of its people. 

He explained that the government was forced to deal with the forces of nature which resulted in an economic setback to the country last year as a result of floods and drought but the government was able to manage the situation and minimize the impact on the people.   


Mr. Wickremesinghe pointed out that the government was able to establish the rule of law. “We have made the judiciary independent. The media is free to report what takes place in the country without fear, in fact it is the UNP that has been at the receiving end of much of the criticism by the media,” he said.   

“There was a request that the debate on the bond commission report and the report of the presidential commission on serious crimes be debated before February 10. I readily agreed for it as our party has nothing to hide,” he added.   

Minister Rajitha Senaratne, who elaborated on the political situation in the country, was also confident that the government would continue until 2020. “This government headed by President Maithripala Sirisena and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe will continue till 2020 as per the pledge given to the late Venerable Maduluwawe Sobitha Thera who was the head of the National Movement for Social Justice. “ We will not allow the Rajapaksas to return,” he said.   

 Dr. Senaratne added that UNP should not get perturbed by the statements made by President Maithripala Sirisena. “ Don’t worry about these utterances by the President. These sentiments only come out at election time,” he said.   

Dr. Senaratne added that he and others left the government and joined the then opposition not to replace former President Mahinda Rajapaksa with incumbent President Maithripala Sirisena but to change the course of the country. He said this objective will be fulfilled despite challenges that they face.