Gotabaya Rajapakse – 1 month as President of Sri Lanka
Posted on December 17th, 2019

A non-politician is today Sri Lanka’s President. Within a month itself not only has he reconfirmed confidence of those who voted for him, he is tilting the confidence of those who didn’t in his favor. It is without doubt that the country is visibly inspired and rejuvenated judging by a wave of changes taking place across the country – artists and youth are painting walls in themes & colours, our youth are winning international sports awards, we have the Mrs. World, Mrs. Asia and Mr. Universe, youth starting farming trend, the roads looking cleaner and everyone being sent a message to do their bit and the country would automatically rise and shine.

On 16th November 2019 Sri Lanka went to the polls to elect a President. By 17th November morning itself the outcome was clear. It was to become a historical landslide victory, a shock to many but a win for the nationalist and patriotic forces of Sri Lanka who gathered to once more protect the nation from division or separation. Whatever any say, the voters converged realizing the nation was at grave risk as a result of the weak and appeasing policies of the former government. Gotabaya Rajapakse promised them a nation that would prosper on Sri Lanka’s historical heritage terms.

18 November: Taking Oaths as 7th President of Sri Lanka in Anuradhapura

Breaking traditions Gotabaya Rajapakse took oaths at sacred Maha Maluwa of Ruwanwelia Maha Seya, Anuradhapura, our first citadel in front of Chief Justice Jayantha Jayasuriya. Noteworthy was his address to the Nation that he would lead the nation based on the Buddhist philosophy which upholds principles of equality & justice. He called upon nations to respect the sovereignty of Sri Lanka. He invited all to join in the journey of delivering his vision for Sri Lanka.

Heads of India, Pakistan, China wish the new President

Sri Lanka’s stock market rises to highest in year

All state institutions to remove photos of President & replace with National Emblem

19 November: Assumes duties at the Presidential Secretariat, Colombo

Former President Maithripala Sirisena together with many other political party leaders were present

19 November: Appointment of 3 Secretaries & Director General of TRC

President’s Secretary – Dr. P B Jayasundara

Defense Secretary – Maj. Gen. Kamal Gunaratne

Treasury Secretary/Min of Finance – S R Attygalle

Director General of Telecommunication Regulatory Commission – Oshada Senanayake

Inspector General of Police Pujith Jayasundara and former Defence Secretary Hemasiri Fernando have been further remanded

Former President Maithripala Sirisena has been reappointed as the Chairperson of the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP)

Former Prime Minister D.M. Jayaratne passes away

20 November: Paying homage to Sacred Tooth Relic – Dalada Maligawa, Kandy

The President received by the Diyawadana Nilame. President paid calls to the Mahanayaka theroes.

Ravinatha Aryasinha appointed Foreign Secretary

21 November: Former President sworn as Prime Minister / 6 New Governors sworn

Former President Mahinda Rajapakse sworn in as Prime Minister. Also present were former President Sirisena and former PM Ranil Wickremasinghe having tendered his resignation earlier that day.

This is the 3rd occasion Mahinda Rajapakse has served as PM

History is made with two brothers holding posts of President & Prime Minister.

6 new governors also sworn:

Raja Kollure – Uva Province

Seetha Arambepola – Western Province

J. M. Muzammil – North Western Province

Lalith U. Gamage – Central Province

Willy Gamage – Southern Province

Tikiri Kobbekaduwa – Sabaragamuwa Province

22 November: New Cabinet of Ministers

16 member cabinet

Extraordinary Gazette issued calling on armed forces to maintain public order

27 November : 35 State Ministers & 3 Deputy Ministers sworn in

Cabinet of Ministers has decided to reduce the Value Added Tax (VAT) from 15% to 8%. The ceiling for VAT has been raised to Rs. 25 million turnover per month from existing Rs. 1 million

Cabinet approved to remove the Nation Building Tax (NBT), Pay As You Earn (PAYE) Tax and Withholding Tax on interests

Cabinet has further decided to reduce the telecommunications levy by 25% (from 30% to 5%)

income tax on the construction industry has also been reduced from 28% to 14%.

all religious places are exempted from taxes.

28 November: 6 Member Committee of Professionals appointed

Appointments to State institutions will be via recommendation of a panel comprising headed by Sumith Abeysinghe, former Secretary to the Cabinet and Lalith Weeratunga and others include Susantha Ratnayake, Dr. Nalaka Godahewa, Dian Gomes, Dr. Prasanna Gunasena and Prof. Jagath Wellawatte. Applications for posts called with deadline put at 18Dec2019.

IT sector to be exempt from all taxes – Bandula Gunawardena

President departs for India for first overseas visit

Foreign Min. issues release on threatening incident concerning local Swiss Embassy worker

29 November: Indian Foreign Minister calls on President

Subramanyam Jaishankar arrived to formally invite President to visit India.

Indian National Security Advisor Ajit Doval also called on the President

30 November: President visits India

President Gotabaya meets India’s President Ram Nath Kovind

India grants $400m credit line to Sri Lanka with additional $50m to combat terrorism

President visited Sri Lanka High Commission in New Delhi and planted a tree to mark his visit.

President meets 2 army staff officers who had trained with him in India. Dr. V K Singh was Minister of State for Road Transport & Highways.

1 December: GOSL orders investigation on alleged Swiss embassy abduction

Secretary/Foreign Relations Ravinatha Aryasinha together with Secretary/Defence Major General (Retd.) Kamal Gunaratne and relevant officials met with the Ambassador for Switzerland in Sri Lanka Hanspeter Mock and the Deputy Chief of Mission to brief on investigation

Will drop 19A if we get 2/3 majority, President tells foreign media

2 December: GOSL orders investigation on alleged Swiss embassy abduction

An incident allegedly to have been committed on 25 Nov 2019 of a local recruit working for the Swiss embassy Colombo being abducted

Canadian High Commissioner in Sri Lanka David McKinnon calls on President

Director General of the Dept of Asian Affairs of the Chinese Foreign Ministry and former Ambassador to China calls on President

3roviding relief to natural disaster struck districts via District Secretaries and Disaster Management Centre.

Sri Lanka Parliament prorogued till 3rd January 2020

3 December: UAE and NZ Envoys calls on President

UAE envoy in Sri Lanka Ahamed Ali Al Mualla paid a courtesy call on President Gotabaya Rajapaksa at the Presidential Secretariat  

Joanna Kernpkers envoy of New Zealand in Sri Lanka also called on the President

Former COPE Chairman and Parliamentarian Sunil Handunnetti has instructed to keep the forensic audit reports of the CBSL Scam at the COPE Secretariat as a confidential report until the next COPE Committee is established.

A. R. Deshapriya has been appointed as the Chairman of the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC).

Swiss court rules Tamil Tigers not a criminal organization, acquits 12 suspected fundraisers

4 December: Governors to North Central & Eastern Province sworn in

Ms. Anuradha Yahampath as Eastern Governor

Prof. Tissa Vitharana as North Central Governor

UPFA MP Ranjith De Zoysa passes away

UK Conservative Party manifesto endorses two-state solution for Sri Lanka

Singapore AG’s Chamber studying documents requesting Mahendran’s extradition to SL

Permits for transport of sand, soil, clay abolished

The Foreign Ministry of Switzerland and the Swiss Ambassador in Sri Lanka has requested permission to take the Swiss embassy staffer,

5 December

64 suspects arrested for having links with NTJ further remanded

National Colleges of Education to be upgraded into university faculties – a program to make all teachers of the country graduates.

Cabinet also approved the appointment of an expert committee representing the fields of Education and Higher Education to implement the program.

Ranil nominates Sajith as Opposition Leader

6 December

Gazette issued banning re-export of spices & allied products

UK court finds Brigadier Priyanka Fernando guilty, imposes fine of GBP 2,400

7 December: President visits Vidyalankara Pirivena & calls on Chancellors of Kelaniya & Sabaramaguwa Universities

Chancellor of University of Kelaniya Ven. Dr. Walamitiyawe Kusaladhamma Thero

Chancellor of the Sabaragamuwa University Ven. Prof. Kumburugamuwe Vajira Thero.

Vidyalankara Pirivena – Ven. Walamitiyawe Kusaladhamma Thero

The President also visited Kelaniya Raja Maha Viharaya and met Chief Incumbent Ven. Kollupitiye Mahinda Thero and Ven. Bengamuwe Nalaka Thero and other Maha Nayaka Theros.

The President also visited the Chief Incumbent of Kotte Raja Maha Viharaya Ven. Aluth Nuwara Anurudda Thero  .

President Gotabaya Rajapaksa later arrived at the Abhayarama Temple in Narahenpita.

government has established a National Authority under the Ministry of Defence to ensure the safe use of Scheduled Chemicals In the industrial sector without hindering their proper functioning

Sri Lanka’s Caroline Jurie crowned Mrs. World after 35 years

Port City: Ceremony to add 269 hectare of land to Sri Lanka commences – Colombo Port City officially declared part of Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka tops India in South Asia Games athletic events after 28 years

8 December

Brigadier Suresh Sallay appointed Head of state intelligence

Brigadier Chandana Wickremesinghe has been appointed as the new Spokesperson for the Sri Lanka Army.

9 December: Secretaries to State Ministries appointed

32 Secretaries appointed to State Ministries

President tells new State Ministry Secretaries to commit to attitudinal transformation  

10 December

Brigadier Priyanka Fernando has been appointed as the new Director of Real Estate and Quartering of the Sri Lanka Army

11 December

No place for Sri Lankan refugees in India’s citizenship amendment bill?

12 December: Afghan envoy calls on President

Ambassador of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan to Sri Lanka M. Ashraf Haidari  

President met officials of Ministry of Power & Energy & institutions under its purview

Govt. decides to increase number of national schools to 1,000

Cabinet grants approval for change in Z-Score system

Daya Ratnayake appointed Ports Authority chairman

13 December: Japanese Foreign Affairs Minister and delegation meet President / ASEAN leaders also arrive

Cooperation in Information and communication technology (ICT), harbor infrastructure including Eastern Container Terminal (ECT), expressways, agriculture, digitalization of television transmission, disaster prevention and security cooperation discussed.

ASEAN envoys from Thailand, Indonesia, Myanmar, Vietnam and Malaysia joined arrived to wish the President.

Constitutional Council unanimously approved the nomination made by President Gotabaya Rajapaksa, to appoint High Court judge Ms. M.D.S. Abeyratne as the Court of Appeal Judge.

UK General Election: Boris Johnson’s Conservative Party wins overall majority

Overseas travel ban imposed on Patali Champika

Public cautioned of persons using President’s name fraudulently

14 December

Japanese Foreign Minister calls on Sri Lankan counterpart & PM Rajapaksa

Two persons who made white van” claims at Rajitha’s media briefing arrested

Kotahena Police logbooks replicated with fabricated information on Easter attacks, PCoI told

15 December

State Minister of Railway Services C. B. Ratnayake said that steps will be taken to introduce a prepaid card for railway passengers

British PM Boris Johnson thanks Tamil community in UK

The new National Policy Framework titled ‘Vistas of Prosperity and Splendour’ has been released to the public by the government

16 December

Public urged to inform on imposters misusing President’s name

Minority Tamils misled for decades by politicians – President

President Gotabaya Rajapaksa has directed the authorities of the Presidential Secretariat to cease the use of plastic drinking water bottles

AG orders for arrest of Swiss Embassy staffer

Swiss Ambassador calls on President

17 December

US Embassy issues security alert for American citizens in Sri Lanka

The country is off to a good start but as the Swiss bogus abduction example and Swiss reaction shows the external elements that have contributed to Sri Lanka’s inability to sustain its growth are likely to be once more up to mischief.

The country must be now alert to these dangers & mechanizations more than ever. It is therefore time that the country and citizens begin to remove the political lens and put on patriotic lens and chip into rebuild the nation.

All the nation-haters can please apply for asylum or think of re-locating to countries they feel happier in without trying to help external elements destroy Mother Lanka.

Shenali D Waduge

2 Responses to “Gotabaya Rajapakse – 1 month as President of Sri Lanka”

  1. Cerberus Says:

    Thank you Shenali for this write up. The foreign countries will try their machinations again as they did in 2015 to get rid of patriotic leaders and appoint their own puppets like Ranil and Mangala. What a loss our people suffered due to those two traitors who wanted to crash and sell the country. The whole country has to be on high alert to prevent these false stories and actions by foreign countries. May the truth prevail and win over lies, cheat and deceit. Dhammo bhave Dhamma Cari. May the Triple Gem and all the Devas Protect our true leaders at this critical time.

  2. Nihal Perera Says:

    Thanks Shenali for your excellent write-up of President Gotabaya, and the chronological order of events following his victory.

    Unfortunately, the enemies of our country are not going to stop their relentless crusade against SL and Sinhala-Buddhists. Especially, the pro-LTTE Tamil Diaspora and their associations in the West, which are well-organized, well-funded, and well-connected with all major political parties. For an example, here in Toronto, Canada where the largest number of Tamil Diaspora live outside of SL, they are extremely worried about the victory of President Gotabaya.

    They will continue to feed the media, and the three major political parties (Liberal, Conservative & NDP), and their vote hungry politicians with all kind of anti-SL propaganda. Same is true in UK, US, Australia, etc.

    Unlike the lethargic and useless SL foreign missions in the past, the new GOSL and its foreign ministry cannot ignore these international threats. They need to recognize the past mistakes and weaknesses of our foreign missions, especially in a country like Canada where majority of Tamil Diaspora is. SL needs to revamp the missions with qualified, intelligent, and effective diplomatic staff, which can respond promptly to the fabricated propaganda against SL.

    SL should learn from countries like Israel, which probably is one of the most effective and efficient countries in the world when it comes to fighting anti-Israel, and anti-Semitism in the global arena.

    I certainly hope President Gotabaya will recognize the past mistakes of these foreign missions, and take steps soon to correct it.

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