PRESIDENT MAHINDA RAJAPAKSA
SAYS THE VERDICT OF BOTH PROVINCES REFLECTS THE DETERMINATION OF THE
NATION TO END TERRORISM
By Walter Jayawardhana
President Mahinda Rajapaksa said in a statement that the verdict given
by the people of the North Central and the Sabaragamuwa provinces in
the just concluded provincial elections to approve the determination
of the armed forces to decisively defeat terrorism is also the opinion
of the entire country.
The President said, While the majority of our people have been
able to defeat the many vicious efforts of forces that were ranged against
the country, the strength and morale that our heroic troops will receive
from this victory in their battles to finally end bloody terrorism from
our country is immeasurable.
The President at numerous election rallies in both provinces openly
sought a mandate from the people to end terrorism by means of the armed
forces and ruthlessly smash the LTTE military machine.
The following is the full text of the Presidents message issued
after official election results said the ruling alliance led by him
has won both provinces comfortably:
I see the convincing victory by the United Peoples Liberation
Front (UPFA) at the elections to the North Central and Sabaragamuwa
Provincial Councils held yesterday as a victory for all our people who
love our motherland. It is an election where the country has won. While
thanking the people of Anuradhapura , Polonnaruwa, Ratnapura, and Kegalle
Districts and all others, who contributed to this victory, I call upon
them to enjoy their success in peace.
I express my humble gratitude for the new peoples mandate
given to the Mahinda Chinthana through the free and fair
election held yesterday.
There is no doubt that public opinion represented in the North
Central and Sabaragamuwa Provinces is the opinion of the entire country.
While the majority of our people have been able to defeat the many vicious
efforts of forces that were ranged against the country, the strength
and morale that our heroic troops will receive from this victory in
their battles to finally end bloody terrorism from our country is immeasurable.
My government and I give foremost place to the country, and its
people. This public mandate has given greater strength and courage to
expedite and energize our march to protect the country and awaken the
I repeat the plea I made to you in the Presidential Election of
2005 to help build a country that is free of the differences of political
party, colour and all such differences. I wish to state that the door
remains open for those who have delayed to join us on that march.
I also take his opportunity to extend my thanks to the Commissioner
General of Elections, all public officers, and all sections of the armed
services and police for the commendable work they have done for the
conduct of a free and fair election.
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