No early Presidential Election – President
Posted on September 8th, 2018

Courtesy Adaderana

President Maithripala Sirisena says there is unnecessary concern in the country regarding the Presidential election and that even though some have made statements that the presidential election will be early, he will not in any way hold a presidential election before it is due.

President Sirisena also pointed out that he alone could decide on holding such an election.

He made these remarks addressing the SLFP Nivitigala Bala Mandala meeting held at the Nivitigala public fair premises, today (08).

Expressing his views, the President further said that if SLPP and UNP overestimate their political power, that is a mistake and said that whatever value given by themselves to their parties no one could form a government without the support of the SLFP.

Political parties which emerge centering on individuals are temporarily and the country needs political movements with clear vision, the President pointed out. He stated that the SLFP which has a proper vision for the motherland is now moving forward successfully while strengthening its organizational structures.

Expressing his views further, the President said that according to the 19th amendment to the Constitution after the next presidential election the powers of the President will be limited and the key position of the government will be the post of Prime Minister and the discussion among the all who are in the political field should be selecting a better Prime Minister for the country but not concern about the next presidential election.

 

‘Even though whatever allegations were leveled against me by the political opponents, I will continue to fulfill the duties toward the country, much more than anyone done in the past,” he said.

He also said that he created an environment where a common man could reach the highest level while strengthening the democracy and vesting the superior powers of the Executive Presidency in the Parliament and no other leader in the world did so.

President Sirisena said that the true Bandaranaike policy and the policy of the SLPF is that and always the country needs those policies.

The President said that even though the main allegation against the SLFP is that it is joined with the UNP, it did so to fulfill some tasks which could not be fulfilled by the previous government and the President recalled that today the government was able to win the support of the international community and those cooperation is now using for the benefit of the country.

The President said that he is scheduled to address the UN Assembly in 24 th of this month and he is expected to made a new statement before the Assembly to free the security forces from the allegations leveled against them.

Expressing his views regarding the development activities of the Rathnapura district the President said that he will instruct the relevant authorities and the Police to allow the people to engage in gem mining using kooda cane-sacs in rivers and canals in the area from this week.

The President felicitating 10 senior members of the Rathnapura district SLFP and presented awards for them for their long period of contribution for the development of the SLFP.

Ministers Nimal Siripala de Silva, Vijith  Wijayamuni   Zoysa, State Minister Weerakumara Disanayake, Deputy Minister Lasantha Alagiyawanna, Nivitigala SLFP organizer Miyuru Bhashitha Liyanage, Jagath Pushpakumara, Athula Kumara Rahubadda and many other SLFP activists participated on this occasion.

Source: PMD

4 Responses to “No early Presidential Election – President”

  1. Dilrook Says:

    Good.

    No early elections again. Elections must be held only when due. But due elections must be held without postponing.

    Better still, he must keep his promise to abolish executive presidency. It was mandated by 6.2 million voters (the highest won by anyone in history).

  2. Ananda-USA Says:

    Dilrook, as usual, is WRONG AGAIN in his stand against the EXECUTIVE PRESIDENCY.

    EXECUTIVE PRESIDENCIES are a HALLMARK of advanced systems of government in countries threatened by external and internal enemies and seeking increased STABILITY and RESPONSIVE to EXISTENTIAL THREATS. Thus we have the United States, Russia and France opting for Executive Presidencies. China, in its own way has essentially an Executive Presidency.

    Sri Lanka, in its recent past has suffered more than most countries from internally and externally spawned INSTABILITIES. Thus, we NEED the INCREASED STABILITY and SECURITY offered by the Presidential form of government.

    Moreover, the Executive President is the ONLY LEADER elected via a single election by all of the voters of the country most of whom are STILL Sinhala Buddhists. In a situation in which the Sinhala Buddhist vote is being systematically diluted by differential birth rates, illegal immigration and brainwashing of the Sinhala Buddists themselves (as we saw on Jan 8, 2018), the EXECUTIVE PRESIDENCY is a community bulwark/defence that the Sinhala Buddhist cannot do without.

    In the last 3 Yamapalana years, however FLAWED the Pana-Nathi Jana-Pathi Palwatte Gamaralage MaithrI pala Sirisena might be, he was the only barrier to the A DESTRUCTIVE AGENDA of the UNPATRIOTIC Party and it’s SEPARATIST MINORITY allies, who were gifted even the position of the LEADER OF THE OPPOSITION!

    Nah Dilrook, You are WAY OFF BASE and is advocating the FINAL DISMANTLING of the DEFENSES of the Sinhala Buddhists of Mother Lanka!

    Wake up, Dilrook, before it is TOO LATE!

  3. Randeniyage Says:

    How many people believe Sirisena is protecting Sinhala Buddhists from Ranil ?

    If that number is 10-20% of Sinhala-Buddhists, Ex-Prez is outright dangerous and shall be abolished.
    If that number is more than 50%, then there is a reason to keep it.

    I myself do not believe Sirisena is protecting our country. Next one, if he/she takes instruction from India secretly, is even more dangerous.
    What chances do we have to get a real patriotic leader ? We did not have one until 2005 even that ended very fast.

  4. Dilrook Says:

    @Ananda

    War time realities have been changed post-war. Now EP is a threat.

    January 2015 must send shockwaves. Despite 60% of Sinhalese rejecting Sirisena he was elected president. Sinhalese have become doormats under executive presidency. Wilpattu, Wigneswaran, Najeeb and 13A commitments to the UN are some of the leftovers of a patriotic president. Others can only be worse.

    Did people like DSS, SWRD and Sirima do any of these? They didn’t have to because they needed no Tamil support to win elections. Minorities joined them on our terms after the win.

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