While declaring 2019 as an election year, President Maithripala Sirisena assured that the country would see a new government this year.
Speaking at an SLFP Colombo District meeting held at Parliamentarian Thilanga Sumathipala‘s house in Colombo today, Sirisena said a broad people’s movement, led by the SLFP, would take the lead in establishing a new government in the country.
Sirisena made these remarks nearly five weeks after his attempt to form a new government failed. As Sirisena’s preferred government could not muster a majority support in Parliament, the President had to re-appoint his rival Ranil Wickremesinghe as the Prime Minister.
Today’s remarks indicated that Sirisena is unfettered by his failed attempt to form a new government last year.
“The need of the hour is not to defeat political parties or certain individuals. We need to identify the forces that are enemies of the public and defeat them comprehensively, ” Sirisena said at the SLFP meeting. “In every political party, there are people who love the country. We have to embark on a new journey with the support of all of them, irrespective
of party differences.”
Sirisena added, “Today we have to form a government with a fresh perspective. It is not the same way our political mentors formed governments in the 1950s and 60s. Today we have to seek the support of everyone who loves the country and strengthen our camp.”
The President urged all SLFPers to work 24 × 7 to form a government that loves the country. “If all of us act with the same determination, this may not be an impossible task,” he added.