Maithri takes oath as President and Ranil Wickremesinghe was sworn in as Sri Lanka’s Prime Minister
Posted on January 9th, 2015

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President Maithripala Sirisena sworn in as the 6th Executive President of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka before Supreme Court Judge K. Sri Pawan at the Independence Square in Colombo, a short while ago. Taking oaths President Maithripala Sirisena  vowed not to contest for a second term in future signalling abolition of executive presidency within his term.

Shortly after Sirisena’s swearing-in  United National Party (UNP) Leader Ranil Wickremesinghe was sworn in by president Maithripala Sirisena as Sri Lanka’s Prime Minister this afternoon  at the same place. The move paves the way for a consensus government that will rule the country until the next parliamentary elections are held after April this years.

In an acceptance speech after the ceremony, Sirisena spoke about the difficulty of campaigning against the backdrop of intimidation by the ruling party and bias on the part of state-run media in favour of Rajapaksa.

He called on his supporters to celebrate peacefully. “We should not only to refrain from physically harming others, but also avoid causing any mental anguish,” he said.

 

16 Responses to “Maithri takes oath as President and Ranil Wickremesinghe was sworn in as Sri Lanka’s Prime Minister”

  1. Christie Says:

    Namaste, Jai Hind!

  2. mjaya Says:

    Mis-carriage of good governance…..

    The prime minister should be appointed from the party with the maximum confidence (the ruling majority), the presidential election doesn’t annul the general election (or else Bandit Queen should have resigned in 2001!)

    So the PM should be from the UPFA, not back door entrant and serial election loser Run-Nil……

  3. mjaya Says:

    Christie is Namaste, Jai Hind! sarcasm?

  4. mjaya Says:

    Just look who is celebrating….

    www[dot]adaderana[dot]lk/news/29351/tn-parties-hail-sri-lanka-results

    1815 full circle!

  5. Wickrama Says:

    Somebody tell me if I am wrong.

    If the election was on a parliamentary seats basis, MR would be having 90 seats while MY3 will be having 69 !! So it is undemocratic and “AYAHAPATH” palanayak to appoint Ranil as the Prime minister.

  6. Indrajith Says:

    From the very beginning, Janatha Vikurthi Peramuna (JVP) insisted that January 2015 Presidential Election is illegal. So, now we want to ask JVP, if they accept the result and consider MS as the lawfully elected president or will they come out to streets to protest against the result if they still think the election is illegal. I am pretty sure they will not stand by their original stance as the outcome is favourable to them!

  7. mjaya Says:

    Indrajith and Wickrama

    Both are true.

    Shouldn’t the JVP not accept MY3 (because the election was illigal!!!)? No. It doesn’t apply for political hypocrites.

    Anyway most likely Bandit Queen will make a back door entrance as well!!! After all she is the puppet master.

  8. Ananda-USA Says:

    Wickrama,

    I asked the same question as you, and gave the correct answer to it in a Comment in the LankaWeb article “President Rajapaksa Leaves Temple Trees”.

  9. Mr. Bernard Wijeyasingha Says:

    Elam has voted and won, when (not if) that head rises again (by any means) then THIS TIME take the war to South Indian shores. for 30 years Elam wars were fought in Sri Lanka (with the only exception of the assassination of Rajiv Gandhi). NO MORE!!! the cause for Elam was why Rajapakse got defeated. then the war for Elam should ring from the Rameshvaram temple to Bangalore to Chennai. Let India be the battle ground for the new second war for Elam.

  10. Nalliah Thayabharan Says:

    Sri Lankan Style Back-stab, Back-door Political culture is DEMON CRAZY and not democracy

  11. NeelaMahaYoda Says:

    I am sure new president Maithripala Sirisena is smart enough to get help from his former SLFP colleagues rather than giving into TNA and SLMC demands.
    See the Video report on
    President Rajapaksa leaves Temple Trees and aftermath… -Full Story- (https:/youtube.com/ – 10/01/15)

    SLFP has already agreed to support Sirisena’s government on case by case basis on important issues beneficial to the country. They have still got the majority in the parliament.

    Ranil will soon appoint his own set of Ministers. But they are not in a position to pass a single legislation through the parliament without SLFP support

  12. Lorenzo Says:

    Fully agree with NeelaMahaYoda.

    Thank you.

    This is the advantage. My3 has his dear SLFP behind him. So he need not pander into CWC, TNA and SLMC demands.

    Who is the opposition leader?

  13. SA Kumar Says:

    Who is the opposition leader? Mr Hon Sampanthan TNA NP (Thirukonamail Capital of TE)

  14. Leela Says:

    In a short campaign, a colorless incapable man was made a star. People were fed with lies. The majority were fooled and duped for a change. Minorities have voted in droves to get their ulterior motives fulfilled. And supposed to be ‘dictator’ walked out gracefully even before the results were declared officially. A man who couldn’t win the Presidency direct and a failed woman has become the puppeteers of the new President. We the people of Sri Lanka are in for a heady period.

    I fully agree with mjaya. What ‘yaha palanaya’? My3 started with a wrong move. I doubt his Prime Minister can command the confidence of the majority in parliamentary. The situation will be worse after the parliamentary elections.

  15. Nanda Says:

    NMY,
    Agree with you but are you shy to say ask help from JHU? In the end these few people at JHU anticipated everything yet again, swimming upstream.

  16. Mr. Bernard Wijeyasingha Says:

    The defeat of Mahinda Rajapakse is much more than this article:

    Indian papers covering this election often pointed out to President Rajapakse’s close connection to China and how that connection was a security threat to India. that is one issue

    From Chennai to New Delhi charges of human rights violations brought upon President Mahinda Rajapakse were also meant to include the military. Those charges brought by the UNHRC failed but then an investigation was brought up by the United Kingdom and Ban Ki Moon. Again against the office of the President and the Minister of Defense which also meant the Sri Lankan military. After the election of Sirisena this issue seems to have vanished out of the Indian media. but it has not.

    BEWARE:

    Replacing President Rajapakse IS THE FIRST STEP.
    Now comes the purge of the military. It is essential that the new government of Sirisena remove any military personnel from the highest level (President Rajapakse, his brother Gotabaya Rajapakse included) and all the military personnel faithful to him. It was on this issue Mahinda Rajapakse won the election, defeated the Tamil Tigers and the concept of Elam and created an infrastructure for the military for future wars. THAT HAS TO GO.

    ANY POWER IN COLOMBO THAT KEPT MAHINDA RAJAPAKSE IN POWER HAS TO GO. THAT INCLUDES

    -PURGING THE MILITARY (If this happens the Buddhist Sanga must be prepared to absorb these highly trained people)
    -PURGING THE BADU BALA SENA- this is essential for no matter the differences between the BBS and Rajapakse both worked together.
    -PURGING THE SINHALESE NATIONALIST MOVEMENT- The biggest impediment to the “Elam Tamils” and the writ of rule by Chennai and now New Delhi under the BJP.
    -PURGING THE SIS. the new Secret Service organization of any affiliation to the Rajapaikse administration
    -REPLACING THEM WITH PRO SIRISENA ELEMENTS ESPECIALLY TAMILS OR ELAM SYMPATHIZERS IN THE MILITARY AND GOVERNMENT.

    THIS IS A TIME HONORED PRACTICE TO REPLACE A POWER BASE AND RE ESTABLISH THE TAMIL DOMINANCE. ELAM WILL BECOME AND ISSUE. IF IT DOES NOT THEN EXPECT COLOMBO TO TAKE ORDERS FROM NEW DELHI VIA CHENNAI

    BIGGEST PROBLEM NOW STANDING IN THE WAY OF SIRISENA IS CHINA. WILL CHINA ACCEPT THIS CHANGE OF GUARD THAT IS MEANT TO PIVOT SRI LANKA’S FOREIGN POLICY AWAY FROM CHINA AND TOWARDS INDIA?

    This is a summary of what can be expected. I hope I am wrong. I believe I am right. Please consider the above and what further actions will the new government take in order to remove any vestiges of Mahinda Rajapakse and the rise of the TNA.

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