16 October, 2021

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Sirisena Now Says He Prematurely Dissolved Parliament To Prevent Bloodshed In House

Defending the unconstitutional dissolution of Parliament, President Maithripala Sirisena said today that the objective of the premature dissolution of the legislature was to prevent bloodshed in the House.

President Sirisena

Issuing a special statement today, Sirisena said had he convened Parliament on November 14, several MPs would have lost their lives due to prevailing tensions between the two parties over the issue of the majority.

Another objective of the sudden dissolution, Sirisena said, was to prevent the commercialization of MPs. Interestingly, it was Sirisena’s camp that came under severe criticism for attempting to buy over MPs to support fake Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa’s parliamentary majority.

The full statement issued by Sirisena is as follows:

This is the third occasion in 14 days I am addressing you to explain recent developments. First, on October 26 I explained my views to you after appointing Mr. Mahinda Rajapaksa as Prime Minister.

Then, at the meeting held at Ape Gama in Battaramulla on 5th November, I explained the political views to you. Today is the third occasion and significantly, this is the first time I address you after dissolving the Parliament. First, I must tell you the circumstances leading to the dissolution of the Parliament very briefly.

Our Parliamentary System began in 1947 after the end of the State Council System. Since then, the country was governed over the years with holding of elections and changing of governments. By the last week, in the highest institute that represents people’s supremacy to usher in a disciplined, ethical ad cultured society, the individual worth of Members of Parliament was estimated as Rs 100 million to Rs 150 million, and in one instance as high as Rs 500 million.

We have experiences about several political crisis and changes in the past. I remember the political crisis due to the opposition to the Lake House Bill in 1964. The government was changed due to that. However, since 1947 we have not seen of dissolution of parliament due to issues of corruption. The Central Bank robbery after 2015, the involvement in various corrupt practices since then and finally the political crisis during the attempts to show the majority support after the appointing of Mr. Mahinda Rajapaksa as Prime Minister and the value placed on Members of Parliament as I mentioned earlier were extremely unfortunate developments. All of you will acknowledge what a tragical situation in politics when the value of the Members of Parliament, who were elected to represent the people, were commercially evaluated.

That was one of the main reasons for the dissolution of the Parliament. The second reason was the most peculiar behavior of the former Speaker, Mr. Karu Jyasuriya. I am extremely sad about that. He is a good friend of mine. The Speakers of our Parliament since 1947, until now, traditionally conducted themselves in neutral and most impartial manner. I wish to state, that his behavior of disregarding Standing Orders and Parliamentary Conventions and attempting not to recognize the appointment of a Prime Minister by the President exercising his Presidential powers was the second reason for dissolving the Parliament.

I must remind you here that, as we take the situation in to account politically, following my victory on 2015 January 08th, when I appointed Mr. Ranil Wickremasinghe as the Prime Minister on the very next day, he had the support of a mere 41 members in the Parliament, whereas the sitting Prime Minister D.M. Jayaratne had the support of 162 members in the Parliament.

At that moment, as you know, those who talk about the majority today, were silent about that. Often, the custom is to appoint among the members of the Parliament, someone whom the President, in his opinion, can trust to get the support of the majority in accordance with the constitution. Following that appointment, the support of the majority is obtained in terms of the standing orders of the Parliament and in the Constitution of the country. However, in our Parliamentary tradition, there has been no occasion on which the majority support for a newly appointed Prime Minister has been tested by vote. Nothing of the sort happens under the standing orders. However, the second statement by Hon. Karu Jayasuriya violated those traditions. In his first statement, he accepted the appointment of Mr. Mahinda Rajapaksa as Prime Minister and stated that he would provide the rights and the privileges of the Prime Minister to him in the Parliament. That means, specially reserving the seat of the Prime Minister and the Office of the Prime Minister in the Parliament. His first press statement admitted this. However, his second statement was a complete deviation from it. In that he stated that he recognizes Mr. Ranil Wickremasinghe as the Prime Minister. I paid serious attention to this development. Members of Parliament from both sides issued various statements in media, that there would lead a big fight when the Parliament is convened on the 14th November. Some speculated that even death of some members would occur.

It appeared to me that, if I allowed the Parliament to be convened on the 14th, without dissolving it, it could have brought about commotion and fights, in every city and every village would lead to very unpleasant and difficult situation for the average citizens of my beloved country.

As such, the best solution was not to allow those 225 members in the Parliament to fight each other and allow that to develop into a street fights in every part of the country. It is my duty and the responsibility to take democracy to guide us, and create the situation for the fifteen million voters in this country take the ultimate decision by choosing their members to the Parliament through a free and fair election. As such, given the corrupt practices among Parliamentarians as well as the conduct of the Speaker, the best and fair solution to the political crisis that emerged was to allow the people decide in keeping with the principle of democracy. It was with that noble intention of upholding democracy that I dissolved the Parliament. I must state that a permanent and a clear solution to the current situation can be reached through a General Election.

The ultimate responsibility of holding the election rests with the elections commission. We need to extend our fullest support to the election commission. I humbly make the request from all those involved to extend their unwavering support to the elections commission, officers on election duty and the Tri-forces and the Police in their respective duties. We have chosen a new government. Now it is up to you to defeat the corrupt and elect clean Parliamentarians to represent you. I consider the decision uphold democracy by calling a general election is a welcome by all. The solution to many burning issues in the country such as the current high cost of living, achieving a prosperous economy, strengthening local industries, obtaining clean foreign investments, building a cultured and disciplined society, and strengthening democracy is to conduct an election and give the people the choice.

For this, purpose we take our Motherland to a new path. In order to create an intellectual young generation suitable for the technologically advanced world, we take steps while preserving our heritage of customs, traditions, ethics and culture for the present generation as well as the future generations.

Furthermore, you have an excellent opportunity now to elect intelligent and experienced representatives to govern. Hence, we give fullest support to the Gazette Notification on holding of General Elections and the steps taken by the Elections Commission accordingly. Here, I would like to remind you about one or two areas in which electoral laws have been violated in the past.

Firstly it is essential to stop misuse of public assets for the electioneering of political parties or candidates. Use of state vehicles for election campaigns must be stopped. As you are aware, during the former government as well as during the current interim government, the Ministries were provided with vehicles for the use of Members of Parliament. Today, we have an interim government comprising of the President, Prime Minister and Ministers. Under the 19th Amendment to the Constitution, the interim government will function during the elections period until a new government is established. As you know only the President, Prime Minister and Ministers are functioning in the interim government and in accordance with the regulations of the Elections Commission none of the former State Ministers, Deputy Ministers or MPs could use official vehicles for the election campaign. I request with respect to all the former Ministers and MPs to return their government vehicles to the Secretaries of Ministries immediately. If they do not act accordingly, I will have to ask the police to confiscate the vehicles and I will not hesitate to take strict legal action against the defaulters irrespective of their political party affiliations. I would like to kindly remind that use of government vehicles and public assets for elections is illegal and it should not be done.

Accordingly, we provide fullest cooperation to the Election Commission, Public Officials, Police and Tri Forces to conduct the elections. It is the responsibility of the Party Leaders, Ministers former MPS, candidates and the supporters and the public to ensure that elections are conducted peacefully without any acts of violence and conduct election by acting with dignified and responsible manner. While reminding all these, I urge you most respectfully to extend fullest cooperation to the efforts to take our great Motherland to be a peaceful, progressive and economically prosperous nation with a great governing structure and an ethical, cultured society that preserve our heritage, customs, traditions, ethics and culture.

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    This godaya gamarala fu*k up is not even fit to run a farm, let alone being a president of this once beautiful country. Prorogue the parliament, then dissolve it and then call an election…………..what a waste of money. So many poor people could have been fed, clothed and housed with the money this bast&#d has wasted. SOB, then sends his emissaries abroad begging for foreign aid to waste away like this? This country is filled with idiots who vote these clowns back to power year after year. What a waste? How did this monkey ever become a politician? Tamils, Sinhalese and all are suffering because of idiots like this fool.

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      Tfn:

      A Sinhala Bauda president fu*ks a Sinhala Bauda Country why is Tamil from the north getting upset. Relax enjoy the show.

      Tamils don’t have a donkey in this race.

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        Burt they are destroying our (yours and mine too) country. Racists among the Sinhalas think this country belongs to them………………….I don’t think so. It belongs to us as well. So if they cannot manage, then they should bugger off.

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    coward

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    Will the SC overrule the President? I guess not. Unfortunately , there is lot of truth in the message. But unfortunately again, from the wrong person. I am unable to accuse any one in particular . It is like singling out from the Ali Baba and his friends.

    We deserve all this from what has been sown from the State Council days. 2009 was the harvesting season for the Tamils. This time for all those who watched silently with their tongues in their cheeks watched gleefully everything that happened to the Tamils.

    A. venerable monk expressed his joy over the stand the Tamils and Muslims brothers had taken. Has the clergy ever treated the Tamils and Muslims truly as brothers ? On the other hand, Mr.Keheliya Rambukwella threatens that Tamils and Muslims have to vote for his party if they want anything at all. Does that sound different from what the world heard from Hitler or Idi Amin?

    Legal Experts say the action of the President ultra vires the Constitution. Have all these constitutions been passed in a truly Democratic way? Doing the wrongs at the right time is in our blood. We don’t and we won’t change.

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    Is the President’s intention to change the venue of bloodshed from Parliament to streets of Colombo

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    Massacre in the Senate ChamberThe self-proclaimed Parakramabahu and undeclared Mandela, still alive Gandhi and Lincoln and the Modern hero Julius Caesar has prevented the Massacre that was about to happen in the Diyawanna Lake Parliament Palace. Though the comedian is entertaining, sadly, it is still stupid to hear him.
    Though it is understandable his resolve to plug out UNP Ministers’ cars, there is no explanation needed to the excuses provided by New King to dissolve Parliament. Because of the nature of the immaturity present in the statement, commentators going to call him “Gamarala the Unfit for EP”, once more. I don’t know the legality, but if I were the EP and I have solid information that on the next sitting many heads are going to roll, not way to provide security for the innocent members, proroguing more will prove more peril, then I would go ahead and dissolve parliament. Fighting members may not cast to reach the needed 2/3. But I still would have called the all party leaders meeting with speaker in that. I would have explained the leaders what is at stake and would have told them to try to get 150 signatures to dissolve parliament. If they couldn’t then I would have told them my intention to break the law to save lives and would go ahead and dissolve the parliament. Say if the party leaders had come to know the emergency situation, but couldn’t get me 150 signatures, then would they have gained confidence in going to SC, one after other?
    Sampanthar has proved to be the Pirapaharan in the Parliament. He raised war flag as soon as the PM was dismissed. Now here are the guys who have already declared to go to SC tomorrow. (12/11/18)
    1). Rishard
    2). Sumanthiran
    3).Vijaya Herath
    4).Hakeem
    5).Mano Ganesan
    I yet do not know UNP’s standing though Karu’s statement is showing a mild relent on Karu and Ranil’ tight protection to Old Royals and New King.
    Though most of the Joint Comedy Club MPs support the dismissal, Official SLFP may be in a split.
    EPDP MP will not be in that list.

  • 7
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    Forget reading this wholevassay.. Can anybody trust a word this man says.

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      More lies Srisena says he has to give more long speeches to justify his position, but unsuccessfully. In Tamil it is said ” oru poi sonnal onpathu poi solla vendum” meaning ‘when you utter one lie you have to state nine lies to cover it up’.

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    This is abuse of power, lack of respecting tradition, laughing at the law of the country and a huge slap to the people who voted for him.

    What would be your legacy Mr. President? It’s about time you thought about it. We have seen the blame game for many decades. Don’t try to hide behind others faults. Act like a president. Show responsibility for your actions. Take responsibility for the actions of the parliament without running away from it. Clear the mess you and others have created. have the courage to speak the truth.

    If you do all of the above, our nation has the heart to forgive. Trust in the goodness of people and change the culture of politics, without exploiting our physical and emotional weaknesses. Unite our differences under one flag.

    There is still time. Unite us. You can retire as the father of, one nation!!!!!!!!!!!!

    May the goodness left in your soul, guide you and our motherland to the path of the light.

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    is it not better to have bloodshed in the house rather than in the country during elections

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      Not only bloodshed, but even mass murder – the only way we can get rid of this dirty vermin.

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    if MS seeks elections non of the 65 laks voted for him in 2015 will vote for him. none of the voters voted for mahinda will never vote for MS.. mahinda will look after that. then his total votes will be 0. this is based on the assumption that voters are generally a little ‘rational’.
    -dayal

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    Who is responsible for this mess? This is an out come of an unsuitable person being appointed as the president of the country! Ranil should take the blame primarily as he did not have the guts to contest the presidential election. He knew that he will lose! Its a shame that a grand old party like the UNP is lead by a leader who thinks he cant win! He should have been changed! There are many honest UNPers that are capable of taking the party to greater heights! Its time the UNP makes a change!

    It was very clear at the elections held in February 2018 the people were not happy with the policies of the UNP! The 19th amendment to the constitution brought about by the UNP violates our fundamental rights as if the President at an election realizes that the confidence of the Government is not with the ruling party in the parliament then he should be able to dissolve parliament and let the people select their representatives in the parliament! it should be noted that UNP does not have a clean record at the moment with the Central Bank robbery as many ministers and the Premier are totally responsible for the scam!!!

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    Up to now, a calm atmosphere prevailed and this must not be disturbed. If MS felt that violence may erupt in the house, he acted BOLDLY in dissolving the parliament.
    If the sort of horse-trading did occur and is going on , prospects in the Parliament Well is grim.
    The real danger is the spillover into streets. The goons on both sides will join up to loot.
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    At the end of the day, people have to choose the lesser evil.

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    If a President is unable to maintain law and order within the well how can he be entrusted to maintain law and order in the entire country ?
    Do not we have a sargent-at-arms in the parliment to preserve the sanctity of this assembly ? Unless the Sirisena is imagining that this is a vedi hamuwa where they are allowed to walk in half naked with clubs and axes.

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    If Mr. Sirisena thinks that people still believe him, he is only dreaming. He must know that he has lost his credibility for good and has already entered the pages of the history as an undemocratic president. Shame on you, MS!

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    Every friday he does some funny and illegal thing ( probably he may be sleeping bit late on fridays as saturday is a holiday ) then trying to justify it by saying another funny story.
    I think at day time his brain works somewhat ok but as soon as night falls (or even a bit of dark Falls meana ) he goes mad. He should immediately consult a doctor. Atleast before next friday night. Because he might do another funny thing or illegal act.

    Possible actions by him on coming friday( if his mental issue continues )
    1 He might try to take over temple trees by force which will likely to cause a bloodbath
    2As MR left Slfp and funny sira.Mad Sira might sack him from slfp and might appoint another person as PM
    3 Some times he may declare war on unp/jvp/tna to start a civil war !

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    prevailing tensions between the two parties over the issue of the majority.

    The prevailing tensions could be avoided if it was through parliamentary votes.

    UNP has Bond issue
    Othere party also has issues,
    Why it is not brought forwar.

    The saddest thing about betrayal is that it never came from your enemie it came from your own partner who invited you for the president post.

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    Sinhala voters unite and:
    Kill Ranil’s Unpatriotic National Party.
    Kill JVP that worked as the poodle of Ranil.
    Give a clear cut majority to anti-UNP, anti-JVP political parties so that tail will not be able to wag the dog.

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    Western countries who were behind ‘Regime Change Project’, Tamil Diaspora, INGOs, Civil Society Organizations thriving on $$$s, Demala politicians dreaming of a Federal Constitution, Colombo Toiyas condemn the actions taken by President Sirisena who firmly says that he acted according to the Constitution.
    These guys who condemn President Sirisena do not condemn the disgraceful behavior of international community (USA+UK+France+Germany+Norway+Canada+Australia+New Zealand)
    that interfere domestic affairs of a sovereign country. Behavior of Diplomats from some of these countries is really disgusting. Are they coming from civilized countries or from countries where ‘Jungle Rule’ prevail? Which country is more democratic? Country that gave the power to people to take a decision or a county that condemn that decision.

  • 1
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    The President started this rot. He is now taking up a Holier than Holy stand. Right along he has proved that he is anything but Presidential material. In 2015 people voted for him in desperation to oust MaRa. Now the whole country is desperate!

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    MR wanted an election and he got it.

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    There is nothing wrong with the constitution. There is nothing wrong with the 19th amendment to the constitution.There is however, something wrong with ape game bhaiya aka the president. He has to be hospitalized in the mental ward at Angoda for treatment. If he is not removed from office by reason of insanity then no constitution or law will be worth the paper it is written on. If Sri Lanka does not take steps to immediately remove this idiot form office and reopen parliament then Sri Lanka becomes a lawless country. Do you dear reader think anyone will want to invest anything in such a country? There are no loop holes in the constitution. There are no superceding clauses in the constitution that enable a sane person to do what this idiot has done. There are those in the shameless legal fraternity who have come forward with outlandish silly arguments but they are not going to hold. This is plain and simple illegal and grounds for removal.

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    This silisenas is as corrupt as MR and Ranil. How did he come to the 7th position in fobes list (http://sacelebrities.com/top-10-richest-people-in-sri-lanka-according-to-forbes-in-2018/8/)
    We know his son-in-law was made to escape when his secretary was arrested red handed when he was taking bribe.. This fellow appointed his brother to telecom within 2 days of assuming the post, his gang that is MR is the one who was paying huge sum of money to buy MPs. Who is this gamarala trying to fool. May be his game people. He will any will be sent home

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    Who is better: Rani or Sirisena?
    Ranil:
    Robbed the Central bank; Brought his Samanala buddy from Singapore to rob Central Bank and allowed him to escape; Tolerated UNP MPs taking bribes from Arjun to cover up Bond Scam; Robbed EPF; Robbed ETI; Sold Hambantota Port; Sold Mattala Airport and several national assets; Pushed for a Federal constitution; Signed Free Trade Agreement with Singapore without Cabinet approval; Signed the CFA with terrorists without the approval of the President and Parliament; Had a role in torturing and killing thousands of Sinhala youths; Suspected for having a role in assassination of his political opponents; Played a role in killing hundreds of Demalu in 1983; Suspected for having a role in burning the library in Yapanaya; Responsible for the massacre of Intelligence Officers at Millennium City etc. etc. etc.
    Sirisena:
    Risked his life and left Rajapakse regime to be the Common Candidate; Promised to form a ‘Yahapalana Government; Agreed to form a ‘National Government’ to implement the ‘Yahapalana’ policies. Made two attempts to save the ‘Yahapalana National Government’ when he realized Ranil is behaving like a dictator; Removed Ranil when he realized he is taking actions that are detrimental to the country; Dissolved the Parliament and decided to go to people to take their verdict.

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    Will not he cancel the elections too, hiding under the pretext of valuable human lives are in danger as there can be election violence during the campaign..
    His excuse to dissolve parliament because of possible violence shows nothing but his pathetic inefficency to control 225 members with police under his belt and being the commander of the three forces.
    His statement/s have no sense. Diabolic lies. Iillogical.

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    He said he addressed people 3 times recently. Wrong only once, the other two he issued statement without fronting the people on tv

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    Sri Lankans have a wonderful sense of humour and the rare ability to laugh at themselves.
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    What Ooru Sira has done is amply described by the following sayings in Sinhala.
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    1) එකක් කඩතොලු මකා ගන්නට – හිටං මට වුනු කාරියා
    දෙකක් කඩතොලු හදා දුන්නයි -ඉඳුරැවේ ආචාරියා
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    Translation: See what happened when I tried to get one blemish repaired
    The blacksmith of Induruwa (perhaps he means MR?) gave it back with two blemishes
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    2) මෝඩයා අසූචි හත් පොලේ ගාගන්නව වගේ (…හිටං)
    .
    Translation: The idiot when trying to clean up his own shit – rubs it on 7 places. (all over).

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    Here is an unbeatable logical reasoning that Ooru Sira and Co. use to justify the dissolution of parliament.
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    (U Gon Mapila) We cannot understand why they complain. Democracy means elections and Elections mean democracy.
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    ER’s comment: Great idea. Why not have an election everyday? After we go to the toilet we can go to the voting booth. When we go to the toilet booth we get rid of the shit. When we go to the voting booth, whomever we vote for, all we get is shit again.

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    He is not to be believed as he does not know what he is doing as revenge is eating him up. Aiyo Sirisena.
    Where are you going, six feet underground? Please do not take the country too ??

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    Its better to include all what Sirisena had said so far to justify dissolution in the proposed new constitution to avoid misunderstandings and guarantee transparency and clarity. That the Parliament could be dissolved if;
    At any time it is found that there is a cultural difference between the PM and the President.
    There is a death threat to the President.
    MPs could kill each other in Parliament.
    The Speaker doesn’t tow the line of the Govt,.
    MPs are auctioned in the open market.
    There is evidence of foreign interference in the affairs of the Govt.,
    Their is a likely hood of Presidents party losing the majority in Parliament.

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    REQUEST FOR ALL TAMIL VOTERS

    Tamils in future should never vote for a Sinhala Presidental candidate.

    Nominate a prominent Tamil for Presidential candidate and all Tamils votes should go for him.

    So the Sinhala candidates will never get 51% and must go for second run and Tamils repeat same .

    Tamils can show their power even to so called foreign lip service democracy .

    When Kumar Ponnampalam contested against J R Jayawardena in the Presidental election Kumar got thousands of votes even from Sinhala heartland.

    Cheers

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      cholan
      It won’t happen, because Sinhalese were never lack of leaders.
      Someone will step forward to save the Sinhalese nation guiding them to the right direction at the right time depending on the necessity of the situation.

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        @Champa ( man or woman or both ?)

        Since independent we have seen the quality of your so caled Sinhal leaders.
        From Grade 8 educated D.S.Senanayake to Gramasevaka MY3.
        Always came to power talking anti Tamil these fellows never had good idea about talking other thing.

        When Ceylon got independent foreign exchange reserve was similar to Japan and this country has had world class education.But today Podi Menike and Punchi Banda go to Middle East to clean toilets because of Sinhala only madness while Filipinos work as teachers and office workers there.

        Look what is happening in Malaysia today even the racists leaders say enough is enough let us develop this country as Malaysians ,what a 360 degree change?

        In the last general election in Malaysia candidates spoke in English in election meetings yes they have gone to that extent.But modays love to go back to 6th century.

        Sure there are so many Sinhala murderers ,Drug dealers,,Thugs who will take the leadership of this cursed buddhist island.and you can join with them as special advisor if you have backbone to touch this soil.

        Finally don`t forget Murderpakse came to power because Tamils boycotted the Presidential election and MY3 CAME to power because of Tamil votes.

        Who cares ?Let us dance for free liquor.

        Jayawewa

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