19 November, 2018

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President Maithripala Sirisena’s Address To The Nation – Full Text

I have decided to address the nation today in the context of the recent political developments in the country, I thought it was essential to clarify the path we have to take in the future and to describe the reasons and the background, why the current political change was necessary. Today, we are at the dawn of another year. On January 08, 2015, it was with so many expectations what nearly six million and two hundred thousand (6.25 million) people of my country chose me as your first servant and the leader of this nation. I wish to pledge that I will always fulfil the expectations and honour the trust and faith you have placed on me, even at the cost of my life. 

President Sirisena

Politicians like us who are committed to serve the people, should always look at what is right for the people and will usher prosperity to the nation, instead of one’s political affiliations.  I believe that you remember the circumstances under which I became the common candidate in 2014 and the dangers I had to face in consequence. It was a risk and a challenge that no politician in the history of the country wanted to accept. I faced this challenge despite the dangers to me and my family. I hope you will believe that the decision I took on 26th of October 2018, is a decision that is far more challenging and risky than the decision I took in November 21, 2014. I must state with respect, honour, and humility that I took both those decisions for the sake of the people and the country. However, Hon. Ranil Wickremesinghe’s political conduct was unbecoming of civilized politics and belittled the victory achieved risking my life in 2015. I believe that Mr Wickremesinghe and his group of closest friends, who belonged to a privileged class and did not understand the pulse of the people conducted themselves as if shaping the future of the country was a fun game they played. I feel that Hon Wickremesinghe grossly violated the very principles of good governance we pledged to uphold. 

I am sure you remember that on the evening of January 09th, 2015, moments after taking oaths as President, I appointed Mr Wickremesinghe as the Prime Minister of Sri Lanka although he had only 47 members in the Parliament. However, I am sure you know that Mr Wickremesinghe destroyed the concept and the noble expectations of good governance by his actions during the last few years. Corruption and fraud spread widely in the country. Thereby, he destroyed the pure and noble expectations of the 49 political parties, organisations, trade unions, and civil society groups including the UNP, who signed an agreement in support of the common candidate. I hope you remember a statement I made recently at a Senanayake commemoration event. The political visions of great leaders such as D.S. Senanayake, Dudley Senanayake, J.R. Jayewardene, and Ranasinghe Premadasa made the UNP a mighty political party, enriched with indigenous thinking, our cultural heritage. They stood for the national identity and territorial integrity of the country. They were committed to protect everything what could be called ‘ours’. It is my sincere hope that the present leadership of the UNP be blessed with the wisdom of those great leaders to embrace a vision with noble objectives that can take our country to the new world. 

Once in the government, Mr Wickremesinghe arrogantly and stubbornly avoided collective decisions, and tended to take individual decisions. This behaviour led to many conflicts. Due to his lack of collective decision making through discussion, our country had to face harsh consequences when he used to take decisions with a group of his very close associates. I must state that, there was also a policy conflict between Hon. Ranil Wickremesinghe and me, during the last three and half years. Apart from a policy differences, I noted that there were also differences of culture between Mr Wickremesinghe and me. I believe that all those differences in policy, culture, personality and conduct aggravated this political and economic crisis. 

When many senior leaders were around, I have suggested to him to work together and work collectively. I suggested to him that we should take our decisions after proper discussion to achieve the goals of good governance. However, he ignored the aspirations of over six million and two hundred thousand people. I am very worried about that. I accepted the leadership of this country to ensure creative governance upholding the principles of good governance and that is free of corruption or fraud. I always tried to bring in past experiences to understand present challenges and build a better tomorrow that in terms of our noble expectations. I committed myself to them fully. However, I had to take a few steps back many times. As you have seen, I had to speak somewhat aggressively from time to time during the last three years. On such occasions, you may have blamed me, called me immature, or getting too aggressive. However, it is my conscience that best knows how much patience and tolerance I have practiced in the internal discussions and at Cabinet meetings. 

I made all those sacrifices for the sake of the people of Sri Lanka. However, you know how those noble expectations of the people who espoused the concept of good governance were betrayed even before three months elapsed since we were elected. The robbery of the Central Bank dragged our country into a deep crisis. As you know, we had not heard about such a big fraud of public finances in the history of Sri Lanka. The Central Bank robbery was an abortion of the pledge of good governance we had given to the people to eliminate corruption and fraud. I remember that there came a lot of resistance and protests from people, opposition parties, political groups, civil society and responsible people in the society, when the Central Bank robbery was committed. That led to a lot of tensions within the government. At that time, Mr Wickremesinghe behaved very impatiently and restlessly. When I decided to visit the Central Bank and meet the staff of the Bank, I remember, he suddenly came to my residence and asked me “the Central Bank belongs to me, why do you want to go there?” At that moment, I told him, “It is true that it has been gazetted under your purview, but as the President of the country, I have the right to visit that place.” And I told him that I was planning to go to the Bank in a while anyway. Mr. Wirckremesinghe left immediately. When I got there, Mr. Arjun Mahendran, who has been sent on leave pending investigation, came to welcome me with a bunch of beetle leaves. I was surprised to see how he had got there all of a sudden. I saw how disturbed, restless and panicking they were. This shameless robbery led to a serious economic crisis and a political crisis. Then, I appointed a commission to investigate into the Central Bank issue in response to people’s demand. When the Commission was carrying on the investigations independently, leaders of the UNP started pointing fingers at me. They asked why I appointed this commission. They considered this move was a disgrace to the UNP. But I assured them that the appointment of the Commission was necessary to clear those who are not involved and to bring to book those who were culprits. As you know, this robbery has dragged our country into deep economic crisis, from which it is difficult come out.

I believe that the result of the Local Government elections that was held last February was a warning by the people to correct the course of this government. At that moment, I called the Mr Wickremesinghe and other leaders of UNP and explained “People have taught us a lesson about the way we have governed, and we must correct ourselves now”. And I told Mr Wickremesinghe “You have acquired my powers to do what you did, and I silently gave you that power in gratitude as you took leadership to bring me to power.” As a result of my gratefulness, which is a noble human quality, the country had to suffer very bad consequences. That was because I allowed him to conduct freely, sometime even acquiring my powers. I do not wish to go into a detailed account of the negative consequences of his tenure. I wish to explain those consequences to you from time to time. I would now like to explain the most proximate and powerful reason that made me appoint the former President Mahinda Rajapaksa as Prime Minister and remove Hon. Ranil Wickremesinghe from the post of Prime Minister. 

My political life is now spans over 51 years. Recently, a person called Namal kumara came before the media and disclosed about a plot to assassinate me and Mr Gotabhaya Rajapaksa. I handed over the task of investigations to Criminal Investigations Department. However, Inspector General of Police did not assign the investigations to CID. Instead it was given to another division. Then I realized that there was an issue of trust about the investigations. Within 48 hours of the disclosure made to the media by the person called Namal Kumara and investigations could be commenced on the plot, Inspector General of Police made a statement stating that there was a doubt about the voices in the tape recording provided by that person. I would like to raise the question, with respect, is it suitable for a Police chief to behave in such a shameless manner and express doubts about the recording, without seeking any technical expert advice on the tape recording, when there was a revelation that a plot was hatched to assassinate the President of the country? 

The reports provided by the CID and other investigating authorities including the Intelligence Bureau showed that this is a very serious matter. In this plot, there is a wide range of information which has not been disclosed to the public.

There is also an involvement of a Cabinet Minister in this plot to assassinate me. Furthermore, there have been tremendous pressure on investigations. There were instances of some responsible officers of the Attorney General’s Department evading the investigation duties. Under these political problems, economic troubles and the strong plot to assassinate me, the only alternative open to me was to invite former President Mahinda Rajapaksa and appoint him as prime Minister to form a new government. I extend an open invitation to all 225 honourable Members of parliament to join the new government. I do this with the pure intention of taking the country out of the present political crisis and economic problems. Now, the political crisis has been somewhat declined. I appeal to everybody to extend fullest cooperation to the new government formed by me with Mr Mahinda Rajapaksa as Prime minister to strengthen democratic governance, freedom of the people, human rights and fundamental rights and media freedom and take our Motherland towards prosperity and make a better and decent society.

While referring to past bitter experiences, I wish to reiterate here that Mr Ranil wickremesinghe must take the responsibility to bring Mr Arjuna Mahendran to Sri Lanka and produce him before courts. That is because, as everybody knows, Mr Arjuna Mahendran is a very close friend of Mr Ranil Wickremesinghe. Local industries of the country were weakened in the last few years and for them to recover, the blessings from the government alone are not enough. 

In the last few years, the economic policy kept the trust merely on foreign investments and that weakened our local industries. On one side, the there were these weaknesses of the economic policy. At the same time, I ask you to examine what has happened to the amendments presented last week to the Commission I appointed to probe Bribery or corruption to bring to book those who are guilty of Central Bank Bond robbery. All those legal experts, Attorney-General’s Department, the members of the Commission on Bribery or Corruption and those who made investigations informed me earlier this year that it would take at least 15 years to punish the perpetrators of Central Bank Bond robbery under the existing laws in the country. Legal experts explained that more than 15 years will take to prosecute and punish the guilty and recover the money stolen by them. The Commission on Bribery or Corruption and Attorney-General’s Department recommended to make some amendments to the Commission Act, so that the guilty persons could be sentenced within one year and recover the huge amount of money they had stolen. Accordingly, we have drafted the amendments to the Act at the Presidential Secretariat and sent to the Parliament six months ago. 

However, the amendment was not submitted for five months. It got buried in the Office of the Leader of House. I made serious inquiries into this. I asked the officials of the Commission on Bribery or Corruption. I asked the officers in the Attorney-General’s Department. Finally, the Amendment Bill to Act on Commission on Bribery or Corruption was presented to Parliament. I am sad to say that the Parliament postponed the approval of the Amendments Act indefinitely. Why was it deferred? For whose benefit? Due to pressure from whom? This will result in the country losing a large sum of money that belongs to the people.

It would take 15 to 20 years to mete out punishment to the guilty persons. That is why the Amendments Act was postponed indefinitely. You must have seen in media about the monetary deal of EAP company. That company was given to a foreigner. That deal was done fraudulently without calling for tenders. There will be a thorough investigation on this in near future. Many valuable assets were given to foreigners without tenders. Construction awards were also given without tenders. The emergency cabinet papers were presented to award such tenders and massive construction awards were given despite objections at the cabinet. One such example is the Kandy Highway project. Another is the Land Ordinance Special Act, which was presented to Cabinet last week. Then there was the paper on establishing a Land Bank. I lodged strong protests and postponed those cabinet papers. Majority of Cabinet Ministers were against these proposals.

If the last week’s Land Ordinance Special Act was passed by the Cabinet and then by the Parliament, all the lands of our Motherland could be bought outright by foreigners without any difficulty. All the agricultural settlements established by honourable leaders like D S Senanayake, Bandaranaike and Gamini Dissanayake will be destroyed. This bill presented under the political and economic vision of Mr Ranil Wickremesinghe to adversely affect the land rights of the country must be totally blocked by us.

I must also tell you that the committee set up by Mr Ranil Wickremesinghe to manage economy was totally fraudulent. The decisions taken by that committee were fraudulent. It was a major challenge to abolish it. As an alternative to that committee, I have established the National Economic Council. Mr Ranil Wickremesinghe has taken everything possible to weaken that Commission. The monthly emoluments for the economic expert, who was appointed the head the Commission was paid by an international monetary institution respected by all of us. On Mr Wickremesinghe’s advise, that payment was stopped. Mr Wickremesinghe took steps to prevent the Commission from functioning. I clearly state that this crisis situation has emerged due to Mr Wickremesinghe’s stubborn decisions.

Because of all these issues, the only alternative I was left with was to establish a new government with Mr Mahinda Rajapaksa as Prime Minister. Mr Ranil wickremesinghe and the UNP complain that the establishment of a new government and appointment of Mr Mahinda Rajapaksa as Prime Minister was contradictory to the provisions of the Constitution of Sri Lanka. I categorically state that the appointments were made totally in accordance with the Constitution and the on advice of legal experts. No constitutional violation was done when appointments were made and removal was enacted. With all respect, I completely reject the charge that what was done was a violation of the Constitution. 

I wish to thank the people of the country, public officials, Police, security forces, Army, Navy and Air Force and others for the support extended to me by strengthening law and order, strengthening democratic structure and facilitating the day-to-day needs of the people. While concluding the speech, I appeal to UNPers who made a broad commitment to make me President to jointly commit ourselves to achieve that beautiful vision for our Motherland. I am confident that if a leader with a vision, who values what is local, who understands the common man’s feelings, values the vision and policies of Senanayakes, Jayewardene and Premadasa becomes the leader of your UNP in the future, we will be able to achieve those noble objectives. Finally, I appeal to the Mahasangha, other religious leaders, politicians, all the public servants, and all the citizens to give your blessings and support to the political decision I have taken on behalf of the country and the people to end the economic crisis and political turbulence and build a prosperous economy and a decent, spiritual, enlightened society. 

THANK YOU.

President’s Media Division

2018-10-28

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  • 15
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    Silly Sena displayed his pedigree when he appointed his parliament buddies, candidates who had lost at the general elections, to become MPs and even hold Cabinet portfolios , with total disregard and trashing the will of the people..A very low act which no previous President had done. It is no surprise now to witness what is going on under his writ, carrying out the most audacious act of sacking the very person who gave him support and strength, including the full backing of his political party support to climb to the very top to the Presidency. How much more unjust and despicable can a human become? We are witnessing the worst of the worst qualities that a man can show – biting the hand that fed him.

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      Geeze man Sirisena …………. you could have saved all these words and simply said you want a second-term!

      See …….. how easy was that?

      Ranil ……….. like the gentleman he is ………… informed you in time that he intends to run.

      And now all this! ………. Who are you trying to fool? Yourself?

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        Sirisena’s reasons for ousting Ranil is a load of bullshit.

        He just wants a second term ………. and he doesn’t want to run against Ranil. ……….. Simple as that.

        The moment Ranil – like a true gentleman – informed him way ahead of time his intentions ……. he brought a no-confidence motion to ouster Ranil …….. months before any of this trumped up conspiracy charges to murder Sirisena and Gota …….. was thrown up

        If Sirisena’s reasons are what he has given ………… then he has to answer why he brought the no-confidence motion months before …….. people should pin him down ……. he can’t have it both ways.

        This is just plan B ……….. Sirisena, Ranil or Mahinda …….. I hope Lankans have the courage and the honesty to call a spade a spade.

        Lanka does not belong only to the entrenched political-class ………. it belongs to all the 22 million citizens

        This constitutional coup is a clear violation of every citizens right.

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      The obligation of any politician is to serve the nation and his people. Mr Sirisena has shown the gratitude to his people and the nation by kicking off the Ranil gang, All know that many seudo Sri Lankans are mad about it. Sri Lanka was converting in a Narco hub in the Indian Ocean and big fellows from Mexico were targeting our nation, While other nations spill blood to gain or conserve an inch of land this guy was auctioning the nation We might wear taparabos and go bare feet but remember that we are Sinhalese.

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      ” When many senior leaders were around, I have suggested to him to work together and work collectively. I suggested to him that we should take our decisions after proper discussion to achieve the goals of good governance. However, he ignored the aspirations of over six million and two hundred thousand people. “

      This could be true. On the other hand why did MS allow such people in the cabinet and in services for where they were paid by the Tax payer?

  • 19
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    Sinhala modays being taken for a ride again

  • 16
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    Was it an address to The Nation or a private letter addressed to Mr Ranil ? Oh, how sad to live in a country like this !! He couldn’t name the ‘minister’ but mentions Ranil’s name over a dozen times. He was talking about the bond scam but nothing about the BMW fraud. He makes us spineless too !!

  • 11
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    The President says in the course of his unconvincing speech…….
    ……Apart from policy differences,I NOTED THAT THERE WERE ALSO DIFFERENCES OF CULTURE between Mr.Wickremasinghe and me…….

    So,therefore he appointed MaRa who shared a similar culture with him eh?

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      Plato:-
      A Similar ‘Culture’ that has less Culture than a Pot of Mee Kiri!

  • 20
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    Mr. President, you explained and justified why you sacked RW. You did not explain or justify why you chose Mahinda Rajapakse as successor to RW, provided you could have chosen anyone else within the powers vested in you, and this could have better justified “Ranil sacking”, relieved you from half the pressure right now and leave us with less questions as well?

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      Well said Fatima, but unfortunately we have a president who has no vision to the future. Imagine what MR will do to this guy.

  • 8
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    A joke of a speech epitomizing failures and blaming others . Attila the Hun said “ Seldom are self-centered, conceited and self-admired chieftains great leaders, but they are great idolizers themselves.”

    Sad this is what Sirisenss.

  • 9
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    Okay, as he said true that RW is faliure leader. But you should have replaced with a better person like those old leaders whom you have mentioned. Because MR also another version of RW.

    Basically, you have failed to be a president by actions.

  • 6
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    Dicks Joy !!!!!! please don’t serve horse shit to the nation.

  • 0
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    I listened to the PREsident’s speech. I thnk what he did was very correct. Maitriphala Showed that he was a strong, very patient, decisive president than the Mahinda Rajapakse who had all his family around him, he had all the peoples’ support yet he did everything to support him and his way of getting closer to aggrssive was frauds. PResident should hve remmoved Ranil RAVI, Rajitha like people long ago. I heard Rajitha always say I did that because IT was Ranil who said. PResident also should be careful that Ranil says he has more tricks in his pocket. fotreign military may be thinking that their govts are capable of taken Sri lankan politicians at will.MODI and not India should be vigilent about that.

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    What a village idiot this Sirisena is. He wants us to believe the gossip of a clearly- troubled, drug-addled intelligence informer with underworld connections as the basis for making a presidential decision to pull the rug out from under the PM and the entire government. The voices may match, but what are they talking about. More importantly, why are they talking? Do real assassins clearly spell out their plans – and even the rationale – on the phone when mobile technology has advanced so much, making it easy to trace every bit of information about each and every call made? The whole thing is a staged drama by Gota’s Deep State. The three new courts were just about ready to prosecute the Rajapaksa criminals. The 4% Sirisena was also facing political oblivion. Clearly it is a case of desperate times calling for desperate measures. Aiyo Sirisena, it is you who should be impeached and thrown into jail for staging a coup.

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    Dr Ranil’s Land Bank would have given Sampathar and Abraham all the Sinhala Settlements in the Mahaveli belt on a plate….

    That beats Dr Ranil’s Bank Robbery by a country mile, when it comes to the Damage to the Srilankan nation…

  • 8
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    Leave alone the legality of the procedure and the interpretation of the provisions of the Constitution which are of considerable debate. The event of appointing MR as the PM on Friday and the sacking of RW thereafter are questionable issue. The whole set of events point out that it is a constitutional coup RW was not even given notice. President should have demanded MR to demonstrate his command in the Parliament. This is a high-handed act of the President. The President’s opinion means an objective and constitutional view as to who commands the Parliament. Other views expressed by the President cannot be accepted.

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    Sirisen is a weak, incompetent man, but we have to admit, he was the people’s choice. Wickremasingh is equally incompetent, arrogant, and looks down on his own country and people. Together they never had synergies, and the economy was turned into a worse mess than even at the height of JVP insurrection and LTTE terror.

    Lankans have no other leader who can be called into become the Prime Minister other than Rajapaksa so one cannot blame Sirisen for his choice. Rajapaksa brings hope to the people, and right now the country needs it badly. Of course there will be corruption and deals of all types, but why are Lankans so mad about those things. That is part of their culture. This is after all a very tribal and community oriented culture. The culture always permits strong men, overwhelming power for a few, and some level of corruption. The smart thing is to put competent people to govern so that despite their corruption they will keep the economy humming. Lanka has no choice but to play the power politics with China and India (and through India by proxy US and the West). Its a small economy and has some strategic value so the competent leaders can play the game to keep the people employed, economy afloat, and overall a decent level of human development.

    Gotabya would be the best choice for President in the long run. He shows every feature of a strong leader, and moreover people are aware and respect his strength. Forget the collateral damage that may happen to some(including Moslem fanatics) but Lanka needs a man like that to keep the country on track.

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      Jay “Lankans have no other leader who can be called into become the Prime Minister other than Rajapaksa so one cannot blame Sirisen for his choice. Rajapaksa brings hope to the people, and right now the country needs it badly. Of course there will be corruption and deals of all types, but why are Lankans so mad about those things. That is part of their culture. This is after all a very tribal and community oriented culture.”

      That is the problem, try to become a leader he will be bumped off by one of the parties. There were many good men,,where are they now. Aesop should have resided in SL at this age. He will have a great following. There are more than enough liars in high places and temples.

      jay we have a lived a life of lies.The biggest liars are the Buddhist priests.They want chaos, that is how they make money, incidentally they may be among the few billionaires in the country,what with Dhatu exhibitions, where the coup it by the trillion.
      I am a Buddhist

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      “…Of course there will be corruption and deals of all types, but why are Lankans so mad about those things…”

      What a telling statement from a fellow Lankan. Seems like some of us cant even tell right from wrong. What chance of success for this nation? Even Bangladesh has reformed its governance systems and is on the rise. Sri Lanka will continue to wallow in a cess pit of corruption.

  • 0
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    I think SL big currency must be every where including Malasis, Germnay, New York, and som others. May be they are waiting to buy the stock market once the rupee goes up. There is a fight for the Sri lankan ports, mostly jetties between china (Legal), west as Indian mega businesses. May be they say, China built it and give it to us we will grab the container business from Sri lanka to India. They also want Colomo as a Drug, Weapom and contraband transhipment place for Asia.

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    The sum and substance of his address is that RW and MY3 partnered along with many others to ouster a stinking regime to usher “Good-Governance” and that the conduct of RW was unbecoming in terms of that partnership and therefore RW has to be chased away from that partnership. All right! We voted for this combine in Jan 2015, valid for a period of six years (constitutionally reduced to five), for to achieve specific goals and place a roadmap. True! The combine was fighting each other and making hay while the sun shines. But what is the guarantee that having sacked a partner out of the partnership, the new partnership with the chap whom the voters loathed could achieve the stated goals? Did it take this long a time to report to the nation that the partnership was becoming unworkable? Come on Oxcellency! Don’t take us to be a set of fools. True RW was not sincere in the partnership although he in the open “respected” MY3 but undermined HIM. What did MY3 do? Looked for options where MY3 could contest and win the next presidential elections. Looked for options where MY3 could make hay while allowing the partners to make their hay without interfering each other. Look for options where counting cash in hotel car parks is no longer a threat. In other words, consolidate one’s future. These political jokers are running on the backs of voters like us who are supposed to be sovereign in this country. MY FOOT!

  • 2
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    Wonderful speech! Spelled out exactly is wrong with the current Sri Lankan situation, and the treachery that created it. Thank you Sirisena! Bless him and Rajapaksa.

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      Ramona, there you go again.The only justification to remove Ranil is his economic policies. But then they were the ones followed from 1977 onwards.All of them talk about foreign investments, but no body talk about our finding our own salvation.Both MS and MR insulted us by praising the man who brought about this chaos._JRJ.
      What MS said is true about the law to sell off land to foreigners. That should be resisted. FDI did not do any good to us.Go to Galle Nagoda and to Uva and check how FDI destroyed our Sugar cane industry, our Passion fruit industry.
      WE CAN RESURRECT OURSELVES. The solution lies in finding alternatives to the import of petroleum products.It is there in Paddy and many crops.immediate remedy is to offer Rs 70.00 as guaranteed price for paddy. Secondly rationalise the strains cultivated.There should not be mixed strains of paddy cultivated in an identified area.A distllery to extract alcohol cost about Rs 600,Mn if imported. that could be fabricated in SL at a much lower price. With paddy and Urine one can generate Hydrogen which will provide for transport and power.No politician from either party wants these.
      I will not vote for any of these jokers. They have already ruined the country. The much maligned Mangala got us a respite. That may be short lived.

  • 4
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    Hon. President
    You should have dissolve the Parliament instead of Sack the Government and RW.
    It may save your reputation.
    Then without any problem the General Public can New Government.

  • 0
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    Hon. President
    You should have dissolve the Parliament instead of Sack the Government and RW.
    It may save your reputation.
    Then without any problem the General Public can New Government.

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    MS, All the reasons you have given to sack the PM may be correct, some of these points as citizens of the country we may not see. However does it make a difference by bringing MR in. We all know what MR and the goons did when they were in power, you yourself told us about them the same way you are telling us about RW and his goons now. So how idiotic are you to go back to MR, you are a bloody idiot who has no vision at all. Poor will suffer again in our motherland. Recall what you said “Six Feet Under”

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    When the Chinese Ambassador rushed to congratulate Mr. Rajapaksa, so many things became apparent. One is on the 16th of November, they will pass a 20th amendment, with the rider that in the event of the President is impeached or is dead or retires, the Prime Minister becomes the President.
    The next thing is Maithripala will be well and truly impeached by Mr Rajapaksa and his supporters and subsequently, what China did making their President Xi Jinping, President for life, the samething will happen here, that would make Mr. Rajapaksa as President of Sri Lanka for life.
    Maithripala did not realise that what happened to Prabhakaran will happen to him.
    Mr. Maithripala Sirisena has jumped from the frying into the fire.

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    There is a Sinhala saying “INGURU DEELA MIRIS GATHTHA WAGE” literally meaning IT IS LIKE TAKING CHILIES AFTER GIVING OUT GINGER. This exactly what ponna Sirisena did. We do know that Ranil is a hot headed fucker. But Sirisena should have taken him to task is the fellow is going stray. The first opportunity was that of Ranil’s proposal get down Mahendran as the Governor of the Central Bank. He should have joined hands with Rajitha and Champika Ranawaka when they objected and stood firm. He faulted in that instance and Ranil continued with his high-handed decisions. Once you give in the man persisted with his own decisions ignoring his party also. SO THE FAULT IS WITH SIRISENA. On the other hand why choose Mara when there many others.

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    “.. I wish to pledge that I will always fulfil the expectations and honour the trust and faith you have placed on me, even at the cost of my life. “

    What a load of bull shit. You have put your life and the privileges you and your family enjoy above the lives of all those who elected you. Giving them one hope of ending Rajapakse tyranny, waste and corruption and doing the opposite. If you felt the govt was unsuccessful you should have called an election and let the people decide rather than act with such cowardice to save just your own skin and condemn the rest of the country to years of political instability. We are just coming to grips with the economic turmoil with the plummeting value of the rupee and now you have created political turmoil by bringing back the man who sold the country to the Chinese for a few concrete monuments to please his vanity.

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    I think Maithree needs to get his head out of his ass and come up with better lies. My niece can lie much better than this. He lost his people’s votes, the moment he said “I risked my life to contest in 2015” (paraphrasing)… Then why would you get the guy who put you in that risky spot to be the prime minister?
    Why is is so difficult to tell the truth for once? The massive doubt is if this was the plan all along. Waited to see who would win the local elections and just lean on them. Justifying the selection of MR is missing. Beg, borrow and steal, but don’t insult the voters by trying to lie with some gossip that you would do in your village.
    The best decision would’ve been to kick all you old guys out (including you, Maithree; resign) and give way to younger and EDUCATED individuals to take this country forward. Stop doing emotional politics. That is so boring, old school and for people’s sake untrustworthy. Use facts, timelines, goals, incentives, motivation and most use your public to assist you in the growth. There are so many private companies and individual business owners who are well educated and have goals to bring this nation forward because it’s their future, not yours. You guys are old. Point blank. Younger generation will work to get their generation a better life without any deceit because they are part of it.
    Today, we have a good Constitution and good laws. One good thing you guys did. Let’s begin with a new slate. Forget all the crimes and money laundering etc. Give the governance to the younger generation. Let us ELECT them as per the constitution. Then give them 2 years. See how the country changes to the better.

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      It is just the education and where he comes from counts here. We cant expect him to be a human. He had been with rascal rajapakshes and left them all of sudden. Very same is done on the 26th Oct … to be said, the hand he was fed with was bitten as no surgeries could ever help. He is a criminal. He has betrayed entire 6.2 millions of voters. Does he maintain any respect towards lanken voters ? This man should be sacked by a people’s referenedum. So that a new president can get elected for the nation.

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