President Maithripala Sirisena today declared that his party, the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) will rise to power again soon and today was the beginning of this rise.
Addressing a large gathering in Kurunegala on the occasion of the SLFP’s 65th Anniversary celebrations, Sirisena who is also the leader of the party said, ”
I took over the leadership of the party to form a SLFP Government.”
He called on all his party members to join hands to strengthen the SLFP. “Members of the party must unite to strengthen the SLFP, instead of trying to form a new party,” Sirisena said hinting at former President Mahinda Rajapaksa and his loyalists plans to form a new party.
Sirisena also announced that the SLFP will contest the upcoming local government election under the symbol of the hand, which is SLFP’s official party symbol.
Just hours since the departure of United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, Sirisena also said that he will not bow down to any external pressure. “There will be no room for any international interference in domestic matters,” he said.
Sirisena also disclosed that he had warned Rajapaksa against calling for an early Presidential Election. “But, he didn’t listen to me,” he added.