Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe said that he forwarded the recommendations submitted by the Committee on Public Enterprises (COPE) on the controversial Central Bank bond issue in December 2016, more than a year before President Maithripala Sirisena pledged to do so.
In a statement issued by the Prime Minister’s office, Wickremesinghe claims that both submissions, the President’s and his, have affirmed the democratic and law-abiding policies of the ‘Yahapalana National Government.’
Wickremesinghe, in his statement, has thanked the Commission of Inquiry (CoI) which deliberated for a period of ten months as well as COPE, headed by its Chairman Sunil Handunneththi. He added that the entire process was conducted without any interference unlike during the previous regime when such inquiries were accompanied by ‘vindictive and false mudslinging.’
He pledged moreover that the Yahapalana Government is committed to take legal action on all wrongdoings since 2008, as recommended by the CoI.