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Sri Lanka President rules out presidential election before the scheduled time

Published Sep 09, 2018
Updated Sep 17, 2020

Sri Lanka President Maithripala Sirisena on Saturday ruled out the possibility of a presidential election “even a day” before the scheduled time.

Addressing a Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) central committee meeting in Nivithigala public fair premises on Saturday, the President said there is an undue tension has been created on presidential election in the country

Although some parties are making claims on holding a presidential election soon, the President emphasized that only he has the power to call for a presidential election and he is in no hurry to call a presidential election, “not even a day before” the scheduled time.

The President further said that if the Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP) or the United National Party politically overestimate themselves then it is a mistake and both parties should remember that no one can form a single government without the support of Sri Lanka Freedom Party.

He said a political movement built around the persons is temporary and what the country needs is a political movement with a clear vision and philosophy.

The President added that he will take measures to strengthen the SLFP for a successful march forward with a clear vision of motherland.

The President pointed out that according to the 19th amendment to the constitution the powers of the president are very limited and the power will be with the Prime Minister. Therefore, what everyone in political arena needs to be discussing and debating is to elect a suitable prime minister.

President Sirisena said regardless of the criticism and political attacks against him, he has accomplished a lot for the country more than any of his critics have done and unlike any other leader in the world, he has strengthened democracy by transferring his executive powers to the parliament and created the backdrop for anyone to rise to the top.

Although the main allegation against the SLFP today is that it has joined with the United National Party, it was done to achieve what was impossible for the previous government to fulfill for the country and made it possible to regain the international support the country once lost and obtain the assistance of everyone for the development of the country, the President reminded.

The President said he will address the United Nations General Assembly on the 24th of this month and he expects to make a statement at the International organization to free the security forces from the allegations levelled against them. Therefore, he believes the solutions for several challenges faced by the country will be obtained, he added.

Expressing views on the development program in the Ratnapura district, the President said resolving a major problem faced by the residents in the district, the police and relevant authorities will be instructed to grant permission for the gem mining persons in the area to utilize rivers and canals from next week.

The President also felicitated 10 senior members of the SLFP who rendered a great service to the party in the district.

Meanwhile, the SLFP’s office in Nivithigala was also opened Saturday.

Ministers Nimal Siripala de Silva, Vijith Vijayamuni de Zoysa, State Minister Weerakumara Dissanayake, Deputy Minister Lasantha Alagiyawanna, SLFP organizer of Nivithigala, Miyuru Bashitha Liyanage, and activists of the SLFP also participated.