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Transcript: Read Full Text Of President Maithripala Sirisena’s Speech On Current Political Situation

The Special Statement of the President Maithripala Sirisena
 on the Current Political Situation 
14-07-2015 at the President’s Office;

As I remember I am meeting you for the first time after 21st November last year. My objective today is to clarify the prevailing political situation.

However, in order to do that, it is pertinent to draw the attention to the Election Manifesto which paved the path for my appointment as the President on last January 8th.

Maithripala Sirisena 13, July 15 Prz mediaThe transformation and democratic revolution that occurred on the 8th of January became a reality within a very short spell of forty-two days between my leaving the then Government on 21st November last year. It is within this short period of forty-two days that the people of this country nurtured the ideals of democracy, freedom, fundamental rights, human rights and the freedom of media, thereby giving us the opportunity to establish a new government. I offered an important Election Manifesto for ‘compassionate governance’- Maithree Palanayak. As much as the contents of the Manifesto, there were significant reasons in the background for people to select me as their common candidate.

During the forty-nine years of my political experience, I have served the people as a Member of the Parliament, a Deputy Minister and also a Minister. During these forty-nine years, I believe that the People personally identified me as a person who respects and protects freedom and democracy, and as a person who did not engage in corrupt practices or abuse of powers. My character, my personality, the long experience I gained in my political career and the image I have developed in the hearts of the people are the reasons why they supported me and stood by me, when I took up the challenge as their common candidate.

Before I left the Government on November 21st with the trust the People had, I had not met Mr. Ranil Wickremesinghe even once. I had met Madam Chandrika Bandaranaike only once and that too for less than an hour. I reached consensus with 49 organizations, political parties and groups to sign my Election Manifesto.

Out of those forty-nine groups, it is only a few that I knew personally. My Election Manifesto and campaign was designed by the representatives of those forty-nine groups. Those aligned groups included mainly the United National Party (UNP), The Democratic Party of General Sarath Fonseka, the Muslim Congress, the Muslim National Front, while the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) and the Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) supported me immensely without formal agreements.

With their collective support we marked a tremendous victory. Just after the victory, around this time on the evening of the 09th of January, having taken oaths as the President, I took on my shoulders the responsibility of implementing the pledges and agreements I had made to the people in the Election Manifesto.

Immediately after swearing in office as President, I appointed Mr. Ranil Wickremesinghe as the Prime Minister. There were only two agreements I signed before the Presidential Election. One was the agreement made between the forty-nine different groups who supported my campaign based on the contents of the Election Manifesto. Second was to appoint Mr. Ranil Wickremesinghe as the Prime Minister. Accordingly, I appointed Mr. Ranil Wickremesinghe as the Prime Minister.

What was the nature of the Parliament when I made him the Prime Minister? Out of the 225 parliamentarians, only forty-seven belonged to the UNP when I appointed Mr. Ranil Wickremesinghe as Prime Minister.

Today, in the present political environment, many who helped me to get into power and my well-wishers strongly criticize me for accepting the presidency of SLFP. They say that I should not have taken it over. I expected to swear-in as the President on the 09th and dissolve the Parliament on the 10th and conduct a General Election. I thought that was the most convenient option.

However, the organizations and parties who organized my campaign jointly formulated my Manifesto decided otherwise. They believed that we should implement the 100 day Programme without dissolving the Parliament. You know that the 100 day programme was not a very easy assignment. It had promises to amend the country’s Constitution, to abolish or decrease the powers of the Executive Presidency and transfer those powers to the Parliament and Independent Commissions, other institutions and the Cabinet of Ministers.

The question I ask from my friends who criticize me for accepting the SLFP leadership is, how I could have brought about these important changes like passing the 19th Amendment, erasing of Executive Presidency powers, with a Prime Minister having 47/225 parliamentarians.

When I assumed office as the President, I came with both arms held high to erase the presidency and to reduce presidential powers. I was, I am and I will be this even tomorrow. That is my policy for freedom and democracy of the common man of my country.

I assumed the leadership of SLFP on the 16th of January. I was sworn in on 9th January. I did not take it by force and I did not ask for it. Many senior leaders of the SLFP invited me to take over the leadership. They requested me to meet Mr. Mahinda Rajapaksa. As you know there was a 10-15 minutes long discussion with him at the Speaker’s Residence and I agreed to take the leadership. The Central Committee and Executive Committee met the following day and I was handed over the leadership.

The United People’s Freedom Alliance (UPFA) led by SLFP had 2/3 strength in the Parliament. Accordingly, the President of SLFP is also the President of UPFA. Consequently, with 142 parliamentarians, I became the leader of the UPFA which has 2/3 members of the Parliament. Therefore, the success of 100 days programme was achieved. We were able to pass the 19th Amendment to the Constitution in Parliament. As the UNP says we were able to provide benefits to the people, salary increase to public servants, reduce prices of fuel, gas and food because I undertook the leadership of the SLFP and UPFA and led both parties to fulfill the tasks in the Election Manifesto.

If Mr. Mahinda Rajapaksa became the party President, without my assuming it, he wouldn’t have allowed passing the 19th Amendment to the Constitution. The budget of the Finance Minister Ravi Karunanayake was unanimously passed in the Parliament. If Mr. Mahinda Rajapaksa was the President of the Party he wouldn’t have allowed passing the budget which provided benefits to people, salary increase to public servants, reduced fuel and gas prices or any other.
The success of the 100- day programme which is now being appreciated was made possible with the leadership of the UNP, in collaboration with forty-nine organizations and parties which contributed to my victory. I should extend my gratitude to everyone who implemented it and voted for them in the Parliament.

Two hundred and fifteen, out of 225 members in the Parliament voted for the 19th Amendment to the Constitution. Some people are now calling me a villain, traitor and betrayer. This is when blooming democracy is overflowing in this country after January 8th. No Head of the State or President who governed this country up to January 8th, especially after the establishment of Executive Presidency in 1978, was attacked in this way, as I had been attacked during past two weeks calling me villain, traitor and betrayer.

I do not want to remind what happened to the journalists, how the media was strangled, and how free media was buried during some eras. You know what happened in this country, especially after the establishment of the Executive Presidency. Others also know it well. When Mr. S. W. R. D. Bandaranaike was transforming this country in 1956, by establishing a common mans’ government, democratically, ensuring labor rights and enforcing progressive policies, he had to face 459 strikes during his tenure of 3 ½ years.

The Cabinet of Mr. Bandaranaike boycotted the Cabinet Meetings. When the strikes continued the then former Prime Minister Sir John Kotalawala said “Banda untied the dogs I had tied. Now they are biting Banda”.

When some media organizations, political analysts and critics call me – the person who re-established democracy and led transformation, and was responsible for them- a villain, traitor and betrayer, I ask them to taste the fruits of democracy, but not destroy the democratic society created by the January 8th transformation.

If those who attack me had used before 8th of January 1% of the words they use on me within six months, you know from past experiences what would have befallen on them. Everybody can guess what it would have been. That is the reality. It was a monarchy then. How were your media organizations advised before January 8th? You were told, “You can attack Ministers as much as you want, but do not attack any member of the Rajapaksa family”.

There were no assassinations, blood shedding or conflicts during past six months. This country is now peaceful and free. This political management elected a Prime Minister with forty-seven members out of 225 members in Parliament. It passed the 19th Amendment to the Constitution and passed the budget unanimously. I emphatically wanted to do the required changes in the country.

Due to these incidents, problems arose within the SLFP and UPFA. Though Mr. Mahinda Rajapaksa offered me the leadership, he pulled my leg after two weeks. I had to undertake a massive effort in the last six months to build the SLFP as a clean, pure party without family bandysm by freeing the party from the corrupted, who robbed state assets, engaged in corruption and fraudsters, as well as opportunists and people who misused power.
On one hand I have had to lead a government with a Prime Minister who has 47 members in Parliament. On the other hand I had to change the Constitution by obtaining the 2/3 consent of the Parliament.

The leaders of UPFA then held meetings against me, stating that 10, 25, 40, 50 stalwarts came on stage at their meetings. Whom did they challenge? They did not challenge the UNP. Everyone knew that they challenged me.

Some people ask why I didn’t take disciplinary action against them; why I did not charge sheet them. The Central Committee unanimously agreed with the concept of the national government. The Parliament group took unanimous decisions without any objections. When they were taking such decisions and concurrently countered, the party, country and political rivals questioned why I did not take disciplinary actions against them; why I did not remove them from the position of organizers; why I did not I remove them from membership of the Parliament after disciplinary inquiries. But how could I do it? We had to continue with the Parliament with a Prime Minister who had 47 Parliamentarians. How could we pass a Bill in the Parliament and amend the Constitution? How could we pass the budget? How could we appoint Independent Commissions? Nothing could be done.

I undertook to successfully implement the promised 100 Day programme while all these undisciplined acts were being done. To fulfill the responsibilities to the people of this country, I had to ignore these. I was very flexible. To my knowledge, no previous Head of State had been flexible like me, when members of his party behaved like this. I was flexible to fulfill the election pledges made to the people. That was to remove the powers of the Executive Presidency and to fulfill the promises and to pass the budget in Parliament.

Today, we are facing a General Election in this background. The party that will be victorious will bear responsibility to the political stability, the management of the economy and the country for the next five years.

Currently, there are three main allegations made against me for offering nomination to Mr. Mahinda Rajapaksa to contest under the UPFA. One of the allegations is that it was wrong on my part to have accepted the Presidency of the SLFP. I have answered that question. The next accusation is that it was wrong for me to have met Mr. Mahinda Rajapaksa. Thirdly, they say that giving the candidacy to Mr. Mahinda Rajapaksa for the next General Election is a huge fault.

As all of you know, Mr. Mahinda Rajapaksa and I met three times. The first meeting was at the official residence of the Speaker to take over the Presidency of SLFP. The second meeting was held at the President’s Office in the Parliament with the representatives of both groups. Those representatives of Mr. Mahinda Rajapaksa started with submitting four demands related to the forthcoming elections.

The first demand was to appoint Mr. Mahinda Rajapaksa as the Prime Minister after the election and to name him as the Prime Minister candidate. Next was to oppose some proposals presented in the Parliament. At that meeting held in the Parliament, I point blankly rejected the demand to appoint Mr. Rajapaksa as the Prime Minister or to nominate him as the Prime Minister candidate. I said that I disagree with the requests. Then the representatives queried why I opposed the requests. I said I do not wish to reverse the January 8th victory.

The next thing I said was that if he contests the election, he must satisfy basic requirements to win elections. What are they? I told him “If you contest the General Election Tamils and Muslims will not vote for you.”

Subsequently I said to him that there is a wave of political culture sweeping universally against corruption and abuse of power. I told him that educated, intelligent, middle class placed confidence in me for good governance. While I pursued good governance he lacked these qualities. I said that the youth will not vote for him because of his faults, family bandysm. Therefore, I requested him not to make the party to lose at the election by contesting. This meeting concluded without any result.

In the meantime, we continued to work as a government & Parliament. The election came closer. By then the 19th Amendment has been passed. The political parties including UNP, JVP, TNA, SLMC, Sarath Fonseka’s party and I with other organizations that supported me to win had the largest interest to pass the 19th Amendment.

When the 19th Amendment was to be passed UPFA members queried where the 20th Amendment to change the election system was. I wanted their votes to pass the 19th Amendment. I stated that the 19th Amendment was gazetted and the current law does not permit to consider 19th & 20th Amendments together as the 19th Amendment has been gazetted and being considered by the Supreme Court and the 20th Amendment should come up separately.

The UPFA Parliamentarians agreed to vote for the 19th Amendment on the promise that the 20th Amendment would be brought up. I discussed with Mr. Ranil Wickremesinghe and others in the government and told them that if UPFA support for the 19th Amendment is to be mobilized 20th Amendment also has to be brought up. They agreed. Hence, having passed the 19th Amendment, I was awaiting the arrival of the 20th Amendment. I did not prepare the 19th Amendment. 19th Amendment was prepared with my concurrence and total agreement by experts. I queried where the 20th Amendment was. UPFA Parliamentarians inquired where the 20th Amendment was. Twentieth Amendment has been dropped!

You remember that we stated in the Manifesto that 19th & 20th Amendments, Right to Information Act and Audit Act will be passed after the elections. The Audit Act & Right to Information Acts were drafted. The 20th was dropped by the 19th drafters. Right to Information and Audit Acts did not exist.

When we discuss on corruption in the state sector we find a very corrupt tender process. I have been saying this for more than ten years. I had experienced this when I was the Minister of Agriculture and Health. The whole country knows it. To erase corruption in tendering, to create a good financial management system, to create a corruption free tendering process and to inculcate financial discipline the Audit Act was to be introduced. But there was no 20th Amendment; no Right to Information Act; no Audit Act!

Concurrently, an allegation cropped up regarding the Governor of the Central Bank. A Committee was appointed and a report was produced. The Parliamentary Accounts Committee commenced action on it.
In my mind and in the public eye there is a conceived notion that Mr. Ranil Wickremesinghe is not a rogue; does not steal. When the Central Bank Governor’s issue was discussed occasionally and lately I told him that he has a good name and in this instance too he should be doing the correct thing. I suggested that the best option is for the Central Bank Governor to resign.

This was the background situation that prevailed up to the nomination process. I must state that at elections each party chooses a candidate according to their respective party constitutions and policies. The process of choosing a candidate in the SLFP is only known by those within the party. Those with the UNP know how the UNP chooses a candidate. In the case of the SLFP and UPFA, we first call for applications. Then a Nominations Board is appointed for selection. The nominations are thereafter approved by the Central Committee. This is the current process. I made it very clear to everyone that I do not approve appointing Mr. Mahinda Rajapaksa as a candidate.

In this room, I informed UPFA leaders Dinesh Gunewardane, Vasudeva Nanayakkara, Wimal Weerawansha’s party, Tissa Vitharana, D. E. W. Gunasekera, the Mahajana Party and Mr. Podi Appuhamy’s party that I did not wish to give Mahinda Rajapaksa the positions of Prime Minister, or the Team Leadership. If the wooden walls in this room could speak out, they will repeat what I said. I clearly told the leaders of UPFA who were not satisfied and left speaking ill of me after the meeting.

This condition prevailed within the SLFP as well. Due to this status I was left with two options.

One was to totally handover the SLFP to Mr. Mahinda Rajapaksa and resign from the party leadership. If I did so, Mr. Mahinda Rajapaksa would have been appointed the Leader of SLFP and UPFA within seconds.

I know that although they gave me the Party leadership on January 16th, two weeks later Mr. Mahinda Rajapaksa began to deeply regret the decision. If I resigned from the SLFP Mr. Mahinda Rajapaksa would have contested this election as the President of the SLFP and President of the UPFA. Not only that, he would have nominated people of his choice as candidates from the districts, he would have dictated the nomination process 100%. He would have even deleted all the names of members of the party who supported me. He would have kicked them off. In this situation when there was a split I could have resigned from presidency of SLFP & UPFA. Mr. Mahinda Rajapaksa would have become the Leader of both, as I stated earlier. You would have observed a clear difference in Mahinda Rajapaksa’s behavior than yesterday when he handed over nominations, if that was the case. I’m certain of it.

I do not say that Mr. Mahinda Rajapaksa is powerful even today. Mahinda Rajapaksa who was defeated on January 8th will be defeated again. But if he did receive the UPFA’s leadership he would have been little more powerful. When I said that the candidacy will not be given they had it all planned to contest from a different party. They had prepared the lists of candidates and even a Manifesto Committee. If they did not receive nominations from the UPFA still they could have contested from another party and come to Parliament and it could not have been stopped.

People question why I gave nominations to Mahinda Rajapaksa from the UPFA. I must tell you that I could have split a faction of the SLFP easily and gone around the country with that piece. But that isn’t something a President should do.
If you look at the history of this country you may notice that the two-party system has existed in our country. Other parties have sometimes worked in parallel or come along directly or indirectly and some have taken the middle path within the existing two-party system. From 1956, UNP & SLFP have ruled this country. Under the two-party system when one party was weakened the country’s democracy and peace faced crisis. I’m not a soothsayer, or an astrologer, but anyone with an understanding of our country’s political history for five decades knows this.

In 1970 the UNP faced a critical crisis when its numbers fell to 7 or 8. In 1972, Mr. J. R. Jayewardene wished to join Madam Sirima Bandaranaike Government. Mr. Felix R. D. Bandaranaike & Dr. N. M. Perera objected and the request was thwarted. If not, Mr. J. R. Jayewardene would have been a Member in Madam Bandaranaike’s Cabinet in 1972.

In 1970 when the UNP was extremely weakened, the government which was elected for five years under the 1972 Constitution was extended by two more years – to seven years. If an election was held in 1975, UNP would have won due to the status of the country after insurgency of 1971 and the existed socio-economic background.

But a strong opposition would have been formed. My much respected leader Madam Bandaranaike’s move made UNP to win a 5/6 victory in 1977. If the election was held in 1975, the UNP would not have received even a 2/3 majority. Because the government tenure was extended by two years, with added displeasure due to socio-economic crisis, 1971 insurgency, corruption etc., UNP received 5/6 majority. SLFP was reduced to eight seats. Due to this, the whole political crisis we experience now occurred after 1977, due to JR Jayewardene Government ruling the country for twelve years.

We now discuss about a person. We discuss Mahinda Rajapaksa. It is not one person- Mahinda Rajapaksa. One has to dissect the whole crisis. After 1977, with 5/6 victory, the UNP introduced the 1978 new Constitution; the Executive Presidency system; indecent preferential voting system. The political culture in the country was destroyed by the indecent preferential voting system. Politicians are blamed. True, they must know how to conduct elections honestly. The fleeing of honesty is due to inability to face the system.

I believe that I faced it honestly. I have been in Parliament for 26 years. Having being a Minister I know the confidence placed on me by the people of this country, because I stood against this system and was honorable, uncorrupt and did not abuse power and it is why people decided to accept me as the Common Candidate to elect me as the President.

I remember before 8th January UPFA speakers said at meetings “How can Maithripala Sirisena become the President? Before that he should be Prime Minister and Leader of the Opposition. No one has become the President without being the Prime Minister or Opposition Leader in the country”. They argued so.

Mr. Mahinda Rajapaksa is the only President in our history who contested a Presidential election and was defeated. Other Presidents respectfully left office after their two terms tenure. He broke this record and became the “first defeated President”.

I explained what the J. R. Jayewardene administration did with a 5/6 majority. There were many serious issues related to democracy & freedom. Those who knew of their twelve years rule know these. I do not want to take time to explain them.

Next, observe the 2010 election results. With it the UNP totally crumbled. With the party crisis UNP could not retain even the parliamentary seats it won. Mr. Mahinda Rajapaksa in one stroke took away 21 or 22 members and offered them portfolios. What I am saying is how the party in power behaved in a two-party system, whenever the other was weak, whoever was in power. I am restating history.

What was the result of 2010 results? When the UNP crumbled and some crossed over, the Executive Presidency was converted into a Monarchy System through the 18th Amendment. If the UNP was strong as an opposition the 18th Amendment would not have been possible. Because it was weak the 18th Amendment went through.

From 1947 onwards, in 1970 – 1977 UNP was extremely weakened. From 1977 onwards the SLFP was weakened and split into two or three. After 2010 the UNP was extremely weakened and split. Every time a party under the two-party system weakened democracy and freedom were faced with crisis. My stance did not change. My opposition has not changed. I expressed my opposition to them. I told them to arrive at a majority decision without splitting the party. But I am not with this decision.

In this background, earlier I explained to those who were disappointed of me how I formed and ran a government for six months with a Prime Minister supported by only forty-seven parliamentarians. I explained how I opened the doors of good governance, how the plans in my mind were developed. So I must make it very clear to you that my sole interest in the next election results would not be about which party will receive the majority of seats out of the 225 elected to the Parliament, but to ensure the agenda that I promised to the people on January 8th will be taken forward with the support of the Parliament. This is my objective. I act to reach this objective. I do not wish to walk back.

I walked out on 21st November last year having sacrificed everything. I compare myself as a person who jumped into the deep ocean from a ship with my family. Steering the ship of government in the last six months was akin to my being at the helm of the Titanic. But, unlike the disastrous voyage of the Titanic, I did not let the ship sink. When the government was about to sink, with the No Confidence Motion on the Prime Minister, I dissolved the Parliament.

What was the insidious plan of the No Confidence Motion against the Prime Minister? According to my information, the plan was to include it in the Order Paper, then for someone from the UPFA National List to resign and appoint Mr. Mahinda Rajapaksa in lieu, to defeat Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe through the No Confidence Motion and for their faction to form their own government. I defeated that too. This is why I said about how a government with just forty-seven Members of Parliament ruled and kept the promises I made in my Election Manifesto, how I changed the constitution, as I promised; passed bills and endowed the benefits to the people, how I also had to face the crises within the party.

I did all this to confirm the victory of the 8th of January. It was all done with clean hands, and honesty. That’s my objective and determination. That’s my goal. So those who review must do it very carefully. Criticism is easy. I applaud criticism. I have no problems with those critics. In a democratic country, criticism is essential. Free media is essential.

The clause on media in the 19th Amendment draft regarding media was removed by me; on my demand. I have carried my responsibility up to date. And I will continue to do so. I must state very clearly that in the forthcoming election campaign I have no transactions with Mr. Mahinda Rajapaksa. The resistance that I had towards him before January 8th still remains the same. If the UPFA wins this election, there are enough seniors to be appointed as the Prime Minister, instead of Mr. Mahinda Rajapaksa.

When Mr. Mahinda Rajapaksa was the President, he made it impossible for anyone else to be President during his life time, by removing the limitations on the number of terms in office. This way he could have been the President as long as he was alive. No limitations. Now he wants to take away the opportunities of other seniors in the party to be the Prime Minister.

I must say very clearly that I will remain in a neutral position during the forthcoming election. I will commit my support to the Elections Commissioner, the Armed Forces, Police and public officers to conduct a genuinely free, fair and democratic election.

Following the General Election I hope to spend the next five years performing my duties by keeping the promises I made on January 8th. The Manifesto is for five years and will not end in six months or 100 days. I’m certain I will receive the people’s certificates for doing so at the end of those five years. I know those who criticize me will soon realize this. I will happily face these challenges with my forty-nine years of experience in politics.

Your criticism of me in the past few days reflect the blossoming of democracy in this country and how you are making use of the massive outpour of blooming democracy in this country. I am very happy that I was able to restore the freedom of expression in this country which I gave you. But, I urge you to enjoy that freedom with a sense of responsibility.

Thank You.

*Note – The transcript of the speech which was provided by the President’s Media Division had some errors. We have replaced the finalised version again sent to us by the President’s Media Division.

*The transcript of the speech was provided by the President’s Media Division.

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    This man is irrestable. Now I know why he watches Tom & jerry cartoons. Jerry always outsmarts Tom at the end.

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      FOr many he is the gutless wonder who is running our country down the precipise.

      Look at the reasoning he has given for Allowing Rajapakse, dissolution of parliament and every one of his mismanagements.

      The man is a liar who tries to escape with excuses formed on high moral values. But he is the same Sira who back stabbed after the hopper meal!

      If he tries to not give PMship to Mahinda after Aug 17 victory, there will be PEOPLE POWER movement taking to the streets.
      Bugger him.

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        I accept that the UNP is bad but today the SLFP is worse than the UNP. It is Mahinda who turned the SLFP to the most corrupt party. The UNP and its coalition probably win 110 seats out of 225 thanks to Mahinda
        Punchisingho

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        If he is liar who is not a liar ?

        Check it yourself, you may have a tail – similar to those of an ape.

        MY3 is the only politician who I can consider as doing the job well – to that of a man from WESTERN civlized democracies.

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      Prez. Sirisena is stuck between a rock and hard place, because political culture in Sri Lanka has been rotted by the 2 main parties SLFP and UNP.

      The SLFP is a party of corrupt Rajapaksa thugs. Its office bearers like Susil Premajayantha and Yapa have charges of serious corruption including the Petroleum scam against them and need to be investigated.

      I do not know why Sirisena thinks that splitting the SLFP in order to clean it up is such a problem?! The UNP also has its share of corruption with Ravi K. as finance Minister and insider trader Mahendran piling debt on the country and issuing bonds to his son-in-law’s firm. They must be investigated.

      Until this is done: Mahinda Jarapassa stripped of all former presidential privileges and tried in open court for all his corruption and the Jarapassa family’s ill gotten wealth now that he is contesting again, the CULTURE OF IMPUNITY that surrounds corrupt politicians and their cronies in the Diyawenna Parliament will continue in Sri Lanka.

      Yahapalanaya and compassionate government cannot be an excuse for not prosecuting corrupt and criminal politicians. The culture of impunity and immunity that protects criminal politicians has not ended yet and civil society needs to be vigilant because at the end of the day politicians protect themselves against accountability. This is what Ranil Wickramasinghe and Mahinda Jarapassa and Maitri Sirisena have in common – rotten political culture!

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      Mr. President, Maitripala Sirisena,

      RE: Transcript: Read Full Text Of President Maithripala Sirisena’s Speech On Current Political Situation

      Thank you the excellent summary and clarification as to the real situation the country was and is facing now, as you explained it yesterday. The Transcripts should be printed in All 3 Languages.

      We assume you clarified the factual situation, without any deception, and shoe your Leadership and Statesmanship amid surrounded by Crooks and Criminals headed by Mahinda Rajapaksa.

      Peoples goal should be to wash out Mahinda Rajapaksa and his cronies, and punish them for their crimes, if found guilty. Their goal is to come back to power and continue with the criminal acts and abuse of law and order.

      Amarasiri was one of the many who were very critical of you indecision to dump Mahinda Rajapaksa and his corrupt cronies.

      The War with the rooks and criminals, Mahinda Rajapaksa and his cronies is not over yet. The First Battle was won on January 8, 2015.

      The Next Battle is on August 17, 2015.

      Let’s plan to win the battle and the end the battle and war with Mahinda Rajapaksa and his cronies for ever.

      Mahinda Rajapaksa is the modern reincarnation of Mara, MaRa, who was fighting the Enlightened Buddha. Buddha prevailed.

      The People should prevail at this time as well, on august 17, 2015.

      MaRa MaRa chatu MaRa Amana MaRa

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        Mr. President, Maitripala Sirisena,

        RE: Transcript: Read Full Text Of President Maithripala Sirisena’s Speech On Current Political Situation

        Correction:

        “Amarasiri was one of the many who were very critical of you indecision to dump Mahinda Rajapaksa and his corrupt cronies.”

        CORRECTED:

        Amarasiri was one of the many who were very critical of your decision NOT to dump Mahinda Rajapaksa and his corrupt cronies, and letting them contest. Looks like you put it to the people to make that decision, in a very democratic way.

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      This is a reply Mr Rodrigoooooooooo,
      People like are the terrorists who doesnt add value to the society but promote thieves thugs murderers rapist in the society. I am surprised certain sector of Sri Lankans still support the government which was in power before january 8th.There was no democracy, treasury was treated like madamulana moda meerahakas personal account. People were harrased. When we drive if mintster passes by we need to run or drive to the side of road most probably to a ditch. There were VVIPS(THUGS) drving in plateless vehicles eg WPC 2009. You name it Sri Lanka was going to hell and chineese had thier vision control the dumb mutt rajavassa to get control of the country. PEople like you should be shot to death for going against democracy. Anyone who is against democracy and human rights wont survive in future. That is beucase still ths USA is number 1 in the world. THANKS

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      Ben Hurling

      Are you prepared to buy a second hand car from Maithripala?

      Is he a good salesman?

      Has he convinced you?

      Is it worth buying?

      Does the car exist?

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    Sir! President Mr Sirisena, Please don’t get effected by critisizm. Let them say anything. Do the correct thing. Praises and critisises whould be taken equally. Live in the present. NOW! Do the correct thing by supporting to defeat the thugs murderers thieves entering politics. Create a just society who will abide by the law. In the west you don’t have to teach people no to throw your garbage from your vehicle on the road. They never throw it.They leave it in their vehicle and throw it after they come to a proper place. Only way live is to be self content and alawy’s be in now!(PRESENT)

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      “Where words spring from the depths of truth”- Tagore.

      Into that world of freedom President Maithripala Sirisena has led the country. In a matter of six months he has attained to the stature of a STATESMAN.

      Let the blessings of the people be with him.

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    Truth Spoken.

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    President can twist words. He is not saying why he betrayed 6.2 million voters who voted for him. He cannot be neutral after coming into power on the backs of the UNPers. He is down playing the role played by UNP, Rev Sobitha and JVP. That time he never thought he will be neutral and not ask for the support of these parties. He is a traitor of the first order. Now he is comfortable in his seat, he does not care what happens to his supporters who went round the country canvassing for him.

    You couldn’t refuse nomination for him and now you are talking of not giving the Premier ship. I don’t have words to describe your betrayal. You are saying” I asked the Party leader to take a majority decision without splitting the party” Your motive was to save the party and not the 6.2 million voters of whom the majority was UNP. You won’t be the President if not for the UNP votes. That has to be acknowledged by you, which you are not even mentioning in your statement. Be at least grateful to the UNP, JVP, JHU and Rev Sobitha for bringing you into power.

    .” So I must make it very clear to you that my sole interest in the next election results would not be about which party will receive majority votes out of the 225 coming to Parliament, but about making sure the agenda that I promised to the people on January 8th will be taken forward with the support of the parliament.”

    MR will not abide by the agenda promised by you and the anti mahinda coalition, so now you have given into the anti MR coalition. Do you believe MR would carry on the agenda of the anti MR coalition which brought you to power and made MR the loser. YOu think 6.2 million are fools

    “People question why I gave nominations to Mahinda Rajapaksa from the UPFA if I didn’t approve of it. I could have broken up a faction of the SLFP and gone around the country. BUT THAT ISN’T SOMETHING A PRESIDENT SHOULD DO” Why cannot president do that.
    After all now you have given the greenlight to your beloved friend or hero to become the PM by being neutral. Are you still calling him Sir. You will go down in history as TRAITOR number 1.
    At least now what you can do is to disassociate with MR and the group and canvass for the UNF. Like BUSH if you are not supporting the UNF you are supporting MR. It is black and white and not grey.

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    Dear President Srisena,

    Thank you for your clear explanations. This is what people and critics wanted to know from you to ensure that the nation is safe. I am sure you would understand the circumstances under which the criticisms are made against to you. You have now proven undoubtedly that you are great. Most of the criticisms came from the fear whether the nation is going to go back in the hands of those criminals, corruptors and the drug dealers, whether the hard earned democracy is going to go under the iron fisted dictator who never worried about rule of law and justice.

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    Mr President,

    You allowed the nomination of MR and his cronies in order to save the party from splitting and to ensure two party system in electoral process. Now MR faction has accomplished their task for the nomination and if you oppose MR they will throw you out of the party.

    You should have thrown MR and his cronies out and cleaned SLFP as per the people mandate given to you on Jan 8 by nominating right people without any criminal records. They can not succeed outside SLFP and people would have supported your decision.

    Now look at the mess that you are in. The crooks have taken over the party and you will be unseated from the leadership anytime. A wrong decision taken at the right time is better than a right decision at the wrong time.

    Now let us wait and see how you play the game with MR and his cronies to save the party.

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    President Sirisena is a too good leader for Sri Lanka. Most of our voters do not understand his value, his thinking or the big picture. Most thinking is based on partisan politics and do not judge people with an independent mind.

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    He should have over SLFP chairmanship to CBK.

    The Prez can then stay neutral. CBK I think has more allies in the top posts.

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    Your Excellency , you have made your point , besides I believe as per your presidential manifesto you have done the best you you can in the capacity of your position and keeping in mind you are only human.

    There is no need to go any further on any criticism against you where The SLFP leadership is concerned or paving the path for Mr.Mahinda Rajapakshe to run for elections , that is what true democracy is all about and while there was no legal reasons to refuse the man nominations .

    It is time People of Sri Lanka grew up and take responsibilities to their hands , it is The peoples decision now 100% ,The People in this Country has been given complete freedom to choose a government that they believe will steer The Country out of its present Sociopolitical mess .

    It is not your fault nor a betrayal I see can that clearly now ,it is the circumstance and our Constitution that has prevailed over everyone’s independent demands and requirements.

    If The people vote Mr.Mahinda in , then the drama of the second stage will begin ,depending on the strength of his supporters in parliament, so let us wait and see what happens ,at-least now through your Presidency you have given the people of This Country once again the true freedom to use their franchise to decide their future , from here onward it could mean bright future or back to the rat hole, but no one can point fingers at anyone ,not towards you your Excellency ,not At The Prime Minister or even curse Mr. Mahinda Rajapakshe if he manages to maneuver his way up to executive Prime minister, which has always been his goal and dream and in no way it is a crime to have goals and dreams , and he has never hidden his agendas , of-cause he will be a leader who will put into complete action all the needs and interests of The majority of this Country ,he did it in the past and he will do it again if he gets the power he requires,he has never been hypocritical ,he has always been a Sinhalese Only leader and he has been open about it, so was D. Mahthir of Malaysia , but one good thing was he had a steel like hand on protecting the Minorities from nay form of hate ,be it be speech or physical attack , I take my hats off for the man on that, he never gave room ,not even an inch .

    People have always got Mr.Mahinda Rajapakshe’s Political motivations and agendas mixed up with that of Lee Kuan Yew ,in no way he even ever remotely tried thinking in lines of Lee Kuan Yew,Mr.Mahinda Rajapaksha always wanted to follow every footstep of Dr.Mahathir ,in my opinion Dr.Mahathir was a total failure ,a nationalist who built infrastructures while slowly fragmenting the entire ethic harmony in the country and a hopeless global PR ,he made many enemies while depending to much on his own ethnic group who disappointed him and made him step down after many years with tears and with his last words of truth -The Malay dilemma ,and to date even his successive leaders have not been able to recover from that dilemma, like the saying goes never put all your eggs in one Basket.

    So let us see the end results which is the decision of the People of this country ,we will know what mindset we are to live among in the future , I do not see much choice but to wait and see the peoples decision .

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    Sirisena rejected the proposal to name MR prime ministerial candidate.
    He completed much of the 100 day program.
    He successfully steered the 19th amendment through parliament.
    He dissolved parliament to prevent MR becoming PM through the backdoor.
    Thus he did not betray all those citizens who voted for him mainly to get rid of MR, and prevented MR resuming his totalitarian rule.
    This saved the nation.
    Now, if most of those who voted for him, keep faith, and do so again for the UNP, they will entrench democracy for the future.

    Most candidates who have nominated themselves for the coming election have only selfish personal motives – and many are corrupt.
    If people vote for those who are educated, & not tainted in any manner, we will have a parliament of the people, by the people, and for the people.
    And, minority problems could be solved amicably.

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    MS talks about yahapalanaya. He gave nominations to a man who himself described as a murderer. I remember him saying that he saw with his own eyes MR murdering someone and apart from this statement, he has said so many despicable things about MR and now he gives nominations and he says he cannot help it. This is a joke!!

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      Come on, you are a Mahinda aren’t you. Admit it.

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    I am a person who felt utterly betrayed after you gave nominations to MR. After that I called you Judas Brutus Betrayer ETC ETC but now I salute you. You have been very smart & patient & displayed qualities of leadership. You have been even more foxy than the old fox. The blow you dealt MR to dash him to the ground after ostensibly raising him high must have been devastating but only what this thug deserves.

    Now I know you will never btray the 63 lakhs who voted for you.

    I am happy ebcos my faith in you is restored.

    Congratulations Mr president.
    We all love u &admire you.

    You are atruly astute leader.

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      Your faith is restored and You love and admire Sira?

      What poor taste!

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    A statement that could be construed as an explanation of a man trapped in his sense of values and his persona or one that is an attempt to explain away a failure in judgement. He of course should have known when he was elected that he was obliged to elect a minority government, in terms of his mandate. It is however, better for us to give him the benefit of the doubt and be more assertive in demanding what is right from our politicians.

    The 100 day program obviously hampered decision making. The parliament should have been dissolved soon after the RW government was installed. The 19th amendment was not a victory, but an expedient compromise. Thank God, the 20th amendment was abandoned.

    I will however give him outright credit for appearing simple and humble, and with RW creating the environment that is sans fear. This is a more democratic country than it was on 8th January’ 2015. This is a major achievement, for which MS should be given credit.

    Let us vote overwhelmingly to get rid of the rotten politicians who are contesting and rest the SLFP/UPFA to recover and rediscover its soul during the next five years.

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    At last we have a President with a vision and true love for all the citizens of this country. Well done. You delivered a historic statement. Thank you.

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    At last we have a President with a vision and true love for all the citizens of this country. Well done Sir. You delivered a historic statement. Thank you.

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    The man lost his foothold in the UNP. Now he is losing his grasp on the slippery SLFP, even though he is nominally it’s leader.

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    Mr.President

    That freedom and democracy you spoke of is not given to the Tamils and they are not enjoying it.They are under the custody of the Army. Why? You have led down the Tamils who had voted for you overwhelmingly. You won the presidency because of their votes. If they had not voted for you ,you definitely would have lost the election and Rajapaksa would have put you in prison.

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    This President at least explained his predicament, that we did not have have from any of the previous men. Thank you for telling us the TRUTH. Now we know who you were and what you are and what you want to be in the capacity of the President of the country. I really appreciate the ADVICE you gave to the PM as regards that “Bond Issue”. But unfortunately, he did not take your advice and got that man who brought lot of “headaches” to the Government and the country to tender his resignation. If his (PM’s) reply to that is “NO I was convinced that he did not do any wrong”; he is not fit to be our PM. It is on the same basis that I point finger at him for “covertly” allowing the “Rouges”, “Criminals” to escape through a safety net provided in not establishing that FCID to function on its own, independently, under the Police Department and IGP.

    Also the President reveals the PLOT that was “Hatched” in the form of that “No Confidence” motion against the PM. If that happened, we would have been back to “square one” with the new provisions made under 19A. I believe this President acted very correctly in dissolving the Parliament and prevented that “Monster & his Gang” taking control of Government. We need to protect this man in that chair as President; BUT not allow him to be HIGHJACKED by a “GANG” of “ugly”; “undesirable” who are struggling to enter the Parliament. That would be the RESPONSIBILITY of all the people.

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    THIS IS WEDI BANA. If MR becomes an MP (he will), he will be elected as the leader of the SLFP & UPFA Parliamentarians, Then, it is a matter of the SLFP Central Committee deciding to appoint him as the President of S.L.F.P. MS can not challenge it, as he was not elected as President of S.L., as a candidate of S.L.F.P. / UPFA. Then, MR will be the leader of UPFA, by defualt. If the UPFA gets the second highest no. of Seats, he will be the Leader of the Opposition, too.(which may be unlikely if JVP & TULF joins together & put forward their candidate). Even if MR does not be the Leader of the Opposition, he will be the Leader of UPFA. If MS holds on to the post of President of SLFP / UPFA, he will be thrown – out of SLFP, with humiliation. SLFPERS too will rejoice saying, this is the sweet revenge for betraying their Party at the Presidential Election. People who voted for MS will say that, it is dittadamma vedaneeya karma for MS, for destroying the only hope the people, specially the Youth of the Nation, created by themselves, with many sacrifices. MS forgot that, what is popular is not always right & to stand for what is right at any cost, which people did. He failed to think as the President of the Country, for which he should never be excused. If MR used his absolute power for worst, people would have never gone against a man who used some of those absolute power for good of the Nation. If he is a matured politician & a leader, with some brains & back born to stand against MR & his Mafia, as soon as he was appointed as the President of SLFP, he should have asked the officials & Members of the Central Committee to resign. Then, he should have appointed Members who are favorable to him, specially for the Post Of Secretary. Then, dissolve the UPFA & form a new UPFA with a Secretary favorable to him. This would have given him the control of SLFP & UPFA. What a weak man to be the President of a Country. Now, he can preach all excuses, thinking the people are bloody fools, but the result is the biggest insult to humanity. How can this MS eradicate Drugs, which is an international Mafia, with such weakness, when MS could not even face the MR & Mafia, with the right strategy. It is just a propaganda to cover-up his defeat in the hands of MR & Mafia. The result will be creating RW Mafia & MS will be just a spectator, saying : Yes, Sir. We, the poor & average People of S.L., will be the sufferers for ever. The youth of this Country will never believe that, the Ballet could bring them change. What a betrayal !!!!!!!

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      I agree with you. He could have done many things to prevent MR getting the nomination. He pretends to be a baby, while he has done the biggest harm to those 6.2 million voters. It is the UNP votes that made him the President and now he thinks of the unity of the SLFP

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        He’s not president of 6.2 million people only. He’s president of Sri Lanka.

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    Now the UNP Abiththya, sorry UNP GG Abiththaya says he is not against Rajapaksa.

    He joined Ranil to give the Sinhala Buddhist inhabitants also Yahapalanay, along with the Colombo Elite , Anglicans , Vellalas and the Wahabis.

    How cool.

    At least Abiththya hasn’t got the same venom like our Bodhi Sira.

    May be CBK lent Sira the Fangs when she left for a break in her Summer Palace in London.

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    I do understand the situation that My3 is in. Damned if he does and damned if he doesn’t. Not a good situation.

    But one thing we cannot take away from him is that he brought this country back to light from the abyss that the Rajapaksa mafia had sunk it in. The rule of thuggery, intimidation, suppression of media, close relationship with criminal drug and ethanol barons, the destruction of an independent judiciary, the blatent use of the police and armed forces as hit men and the creation of a grandiose but useless Rajapaksa dynasty was brought to a halt by this man. For this we must be grateful.

    But given the ease with which the voter in Sri Lanka is able to be manipulated with racial politics; failing that with monitory incentives, another Rajapaksa era is quite a possibility. I hope that My3 will continue to oppose the Rajapaksa clan and find one way or another to keep them away from power. My3 cannot depend on that inept caricature of a politician called Ranil Wickramasinghe and as such will have to do all he could from within the UPFA to keep the braying bunch of Rajapaksa acolytes at bay.

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    You are a smart cookie Mr President !!! Sexy as well !

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    Also Mr President We understand why now you explain publicly after the the nomination. Right time. Mahhinda rajavassa is about to take the BAIT.

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    But CT this is not the full text.

    You have left out the whole part where he explains why he was dissatisfied with the UNP led government’s lack of compliance with the Maithree Palana agenda. a) I was waiting for the 20th amendment but they were not bringing it 2)the audit act was not coming 3) the RTI was not coming
    Then the most important statement he makes about corruption in the state sector saying that RW is perceived generally as someone who does not rob. And for the sake of that reputation he (sirisena) asked RW to ask the governor of CB to resign.
    Also the bit where he says he (sirisena) needs a majority (which party and hue he does not mind) which will help him in taking his agenda (given in his Maithree Palana booklet, which he shows)forward.

    Why do you want to present an incomplete translation as the full text?

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      Darshanie Ratnawalli

      As an aspiring International Diplomatic Correspondent you should be aiming for a posting in Namal’s government.

      He is also a baby who needs an old hand.

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    Mr. President, Mithripala Sirisena.

    You are undoubtedly a straight forward, honest and
    sincere politician, a kind never found in the political history in Sri Lanka so far, but you have also erred in following

    1. You did not fortify your position immediately on assumption of office as the President by selecting you confidants and chose the
    secretary(s) of your choice and parliamentarians who mattered the
    most, as any world leader would have done. You did not realise that this is not a one man show.

    2. Knowing the situation in the country,i.e. converting the dictatorial
    rule to democracy,you should have avoided the visits to other countries
    and spent the whole 100 days on formulating of all people friendly
    legislations and passed and got the CC working, knowing very well that there will not be a second chance. 19A brought so much of relieve to the people and just imagine if all other people friendly legislations were passed within this period, how happy the people would have been and the world leaders and the UN would have placed this country in the same level with other leading world democracies.

    3. Soon after you took office, there was a security threat to your life and we have not heard that you took any drastic measures to
    overhaul the armed forces and the police and got rid of the undesirables, if any, for your safety and our safety.

    4. Fld.Marshal Fonseka should have taken on the national list and appointed minister for homeland security and he with his experience,
    would have got CID. FCID and army intelligence working perfectly and
    he would have had the wind of the under hand working going on against
    the President and the country, as a military man is always alert.

    5. Should have reined in Ranil & Ravi and nepotism halted for good.

    6. should not have delayed the elections and 19A & 20A and more should been passed within the 100 days deadline, thus you have exceeded the
    mandate given by the people and UNP lost some prestige on this issue
    as people thought that they were hanging on to it and division in your ranks,also started taking place at the same time.

    7. Being an intelligent and experienced politicians, you should have
    dealt with the priorities first. Foreign Minister Managala should have done the visits and explained the situ. to the world leaders.

    8. You are a people’s man but you never shared your grieves with the people although the TVs. Media and prime time were, all there for you.
    but never made use of it, the way a president of a country should use
    Your recent silence on vital matters is an example.

    However, people err and from now onwards, you should be firm in your
    dealings and have a team of legal consultants to pre warn you of any
    dangers approaching you and your govt.

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    If you want Sri Lanka to become a Democratic Republic Support My3.

    If you want to ruin our country more bring back the Rajapaksa Thugs and their goons.

    Simple as that.

    on 19th August we will know if the Modayas have improved or are they still MODAYAS.

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    MR PRESIDENT:

    Well said. We salute you.

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    Darshanie Ratnawalli -we are satisfied with CT’s article ,I think it would be more proper for you to do your own laundry in your own backyard and not on CT’s

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      Your satisfaction is personal to you. You can’t expect those outside your close family circle to bask in that. We don’t even know you. The fact remains that it’s wrong to call an abridged translation a full text. And it’s no fault of CT. This transcript was provided by the Prez media division. They probably do not want to translate the loose cannon parts of the Prez speech (who it is alleged speaks off his head without notes or teleprompter). This transcript is probably an effort to cleanup after the prez. Those who can understand Sinhala would know that this translation leaves out three major sensational points in that speech which received wide publicity in media
      1) What the prez said about the bond issue, Arjun Mahendran and RW
      2) What the prez said about how he was waiting for the 20th, RTI and the Audit Act and how they were not forth coming from the RW government
      3) His most controversial statement which was; “Even if the SLFP that is the UPFA comes to power after the August elections, there are enough seniors in the party to be appointed as PM

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        It’s all there in the CT’s article but not exactly as you would have wanted mam. I do a copy and paste see for yourself. If you are so hooked up, present your version, let see the difference in the spin either way.

        What is controversial about appointing one that he feels most suitable to be the PM. I don’t think it should be necessarily seniors but a promising one who at least proven he/she has what it takes to be the PM, not some brats who set an example for the next generation.

        MS obviously doesn’t want to see a party having 2/3 majority however it is appears that there was a tug-of-war in SLFP from the beginning. With announcement of election, and other parties involvement who are in the UPFA like Vasu, Vitharana, Dev, Dinesh, MS’s control has been lessened but he didn’t seem to think it was a big issue as he has still got the control over SLFP. He doesn’t want to be seen as someone who weaken his own party and seen an opportunity to see MR being defeated on his own game. He doesn’t want to be a Prez with 40 odd MPs, fair enough, he cannot live on PM’s mercy. What he did was a balancing act and see if people understands him quite the way he wanted. Key point to see are he says he doesn’t want to see the verdict of Jan 15 is to last, not to be reversed; MR will not get minorities votes, he is against it, he wants unity, not separation. So soft he has been, MS didn’t want to fire the Secretaries as soon as he got the Prez of the SLFP, turned out to be they were more loyal to MR than him. Has he learnt a lesson. He should under no illusion that MR offered him the Prez position. Tricky he is, MR knew the tide was so high then he would be swept away easily if not go quiet knowing the party should be headed by the one who hold the highest public position in the party. Despite the risks he faced, he gambled his and his family’s life to restore the democratic right of the people, isn’t it obvious?. Listening MR speech, I didn’t see him appeared to have eaten the humble pie, still going on harping on his war crimes he committed with necessary spin to play into the gullible. In my mind, MR doesn’t have anything to offer going forward other than family cronyism and poses a risk of resurrecting LTTE and Jihadist as he keeps intimidating minorities to keep his hopes alive. So voters should be clear about their choice, not to let down the good work done by 6.2M people.

        1) What the prez said about the bond issue, Arjun Mahendran and RW

        “Concurrently, an allegation cropped up regarding the Governor of the Central Bank. A Committee was appointed and a report was produced. The Parliamentary Accounts Committee commenced action on it.
        In my mind and in the public eye there is a conceived notion that Mr. Ranil Wickremesinghe is not a rogue; does not steal. When the Central Bank Governor’s issue was discussed occasionally and lately I told him that he has a good name and in this instance too he should be doing the correct thing. I suggested that the best option is for the Central Bank Governor to resign.”

        2) What the prez said about how he was waiting for the 20th, RTI and the Audit Act and how they were not forth coming from the RW government

        “19th Amendment was prepared with my concurrence and total agreement by experts. I queried where the 20th Amendment was. UPFA Parliamentarians inquired where the 20th Amendment was. Twentieth Amendment has been dropped!

        You remember that we stated in the Manifesto that 19th & 20th Amendments, Right to Information Act and Audit Act will be passed after the elections. The Audit Act & Right to Information Acts were drafted. The 20th was dropped by the 19th drafters. Right to Information and Audit Acts did not exist.

        When we discuss on corruption in the state sector we find a very corrupt tender process. I have been saying this for more than ten years. I had experienced this when I was the Minister of Agriculture and Health. The whole country knows it. To erase corruption in tendering, to create a good financial management system, to create a corruption free tendering process and to inculcate financial discipline the Audit Act was to be introduced. But there was no 20th Amendment; no Right to Information Act; no Audit Act!”

        3) His most controversial statement which was; “Even if the SLFP that is the UPFA comes to power after the August elections, there are enough seniors in the party to be appointed as PM.

        “The clause on media in the 19th Amendment draft regarding media was removed by me; on my demand. I have carried my responsibility up to date. And I will continue to do so. I must state very clearly that in the forthcoming election campaign I have no transactions with Mr. Mahinda Rajapaksa. The resistance that I had towards him before January 8th still remains the same. If the UPFA wins this election, there are enough seniors to be appointed as the Prime Minister, instead of Mr. Mahinda Rajapaksa.”

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          I am glad the president has the support of well-meaning but not-quite-there-perception-wise people like you.

          My comments were posted on 16th and 17th July. These and other sections were absent then. Since then they have been replaced. See the note by CT at the end;- *Note – The transcript of the speech which was provided by the President’s Media Division had some errors. We have replaced the finalised version again sent to us by the President’s Media Division.

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            Thanks for the clarification.

            Got the time to read only on 19th; read the comments then, and yours sounded odd as matters you raised as missing were in fact I grasped in the article which I just read before. Didn’t figure out these articles are being refined time to time. Maybe there was a rush to publish this type of articles considering the consumption value of a timely article provide for publishers as opposed to waiting for the completeness or veracity.

            Voters are entitled to get the correct information and your effort to get it for them is great.

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    A loose cannon?

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    Going by his own standards and morals Sirisena cannot appoint RW as PM in case of a UNP victory when RW has not acted against the CB governor when advised to do so following the CB bond scam. Does the president not see and accept the fact that his own government ministers and PM are involved in Mega scale high level gentlemanly crooked dealings which are not visible to the general public.

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