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Video: I will take on MR- Maithripala

2014-11-21 08:57:47
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In what could be described as one of the most decisive ‘Political coups’ the country has witnessed, Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) General Secretary and Health Minister Maithripala Sirisena said he would contest President Mahinda Rajapaksa at the upcoming presidential election.

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Part 02

Addressing a packed media briefing at New Town Hall, Mr. Sirisena said he would to take on the incumbent regime which was engulfed in “nepotism, corruption and the abuse of the rule of law.”

“The entire socioeconomic and political systems of this country have been taken over by one family. They have ruined this country that is now engulfed in corruption and blatant abuse of power. It is against this that I am coming forward as the common candidate of the opposition” he said.
The minister, who arrived at around 3.15 p.m. with Minister Rajitha Senarathne in the same vehicle, was later flanked by former President Chandrika Bandaranaike, Ministers Rajitha Senaratne, Duminda Dissanayake, M.D Gunawardena and MPs Arjuna Ranatunga, Wasantha Senanayake and Prof. Rajiva Wijesinghe.
“I will abolish the Executive Presidency in 100 days after being elected as the President. I will restore the rule of law by reactivating the 17th Amendment to the Constitution and make the Police, Elections, Public Service and the Judicial Service Commissions fully independent. The president will be made answerable to the legislature and create a people’s government that enjoy real peace, prosperity and happiness,” he added. “We thank the UNP Leader Ranil Wickremesinghe, General Sarath Fonseka, Ven. Athuraliye Rathana and all other parties who came forward and convinced all stakeholders to arrive at a common understanding on key issues. The UNP leader will be the Prime Minister of the new government we hope to form” he said.
“I have suffered immensely at the hands of this family, I could not implement the national drug policy nor could I implement the pictorial warnings on cigarette packets. This country knows why that happened and who was behind it,” he said.
Having briefly explained the origins of the SLFP and mentioning the names of those who pioneered the party, Mr. Sirisena was careful not to make any reference to President Mahinda Rajapaksa’s father D.A Rajapaksa and only referred in passing to the incumbent President whom he thanked him for “ending the war”.
“The entirety of the SLFP will be with me and I call upon all citizens of this country to come forward and vote for me, for a society free of corruption and where the rule of law applies to all citizens equally,” the minister said. He seemed at ease during the entire news briefing but however, turned emotional when referring to what he termed the “pressure exerted on” him by “them”.
“My children have supported me throughout these years under tremendous pressure. They have often told me, that if as a senior minister you are under so much pressure we can’t even imagine what the normal person would be undergoing. We will support you in any decision you take and we will be there even if it comes to sacrificing our lives,” he said.
“I am the longest serving general secretary of the SLFP and I took this decision with much difficulty. I was totally disappointed and heart broken the way the President treated me. I was removed from the Irrigation and Mahaweli Ministerial portfolios one week after I laid the foundation stone for the Deduru-Oay multi purpose development project that would give relief to millions of people in the Rajarata. “
Mr. Sirisena said his decision would result in various attempts being made to destroy his image and that he was aware of the consequences he might have to face.
“They will do everything possible to tarnish my image and will even go to the extent of murder. I know all of this and I took an informed decision when I decided to challenge the incumbent President,” he said.
The average Sri Lankans, public servants, farmers, professionals, private sector and professionals have suffered immensely under the executive Presidency while a few have become multi millionaires. Therefore, the priority of the next government under President Maithripala Sirisena would be to raise the living standard of this sections which do not have a voice, Minister Sirisena emphasized.
Thuggery, embezzlement, crime, drug mafia, nepotism and corruption have institutionalized under the Executive Presidency but alas President Rajapaksa or his government has done little to arrest this horrible and dangerous situation.
Answering questions posed by journalists following the two-hour long briefing, Mr. Sirisena said he had discussed these matters with opposition parties during the past two or three weeks.
He said he would have discussions with the Tamil NationalAlliance (TNA) and that he would contest under a broad alliance, the policies of which will be made public during the coming week.
“I am still the General Secretary of the SLFP and this is the SLFP that is here” he said emphatically.
Former President Chandrika Bandaranaike said for the first time in the history of the SLFP, “a real son of the soil has come forward to take leadership of the country.”
She said she re-entered local politics after nine years of retirement to save the country and the SLFP from the Rajapaksa family.
“Mahinda Rajapaksa treated me very shabbily and insulted me despite being the chairman of the SLFP. He did not give me a dignified send off and even removed me from the chairmanship of the SLFP despite pleas not to do so.
Commenting on her failure to abolish the executive presidency, Ms. Kumaratunga said she had a genuine desire to do it without the support of the opposition.
“I tried my best to abolish the executive presidency but the necessary support from the opposition did not materialise,” Ms. Kumaratunga said.
Meanwhile, Fisheries and Aquatic Minister Rajitha Senaratne said he decided to support the candidacy of Health Minister Maithripala Sirisena as the common candidate at the forthcoming presidential election as a policy because from the time of late President J.R.Jayewardene he opposed and fought against the executive presidency.
Addressing the media at the ‘Navarangahala’ Dr. Senaratne said the outcry against the executive presidency among the masses and the political arena had become a huge storm under which no one who supported it would survive.
“I fought against this draconian constitutional arrangement with colossal figures like N.M.Perera, Colvin R De Silva and Dr. S.A.Wickramasingha. We did not do that for any personal gain but as a policy and we were not successful but we will be successful this time and abolish the executive presidency soon after Minister Sirisena is elected President at the January poll,” he said.
We promise to restore the independence of all statutory commissions, good governance and rule of law which have disappeared gradually in the past few years under the executive presidency, he stressed.
He said the country was ruled by drug mudalalis, character assassinators, fraudsters and thugs. There will be mudslinging, charges of corruption and crime but they cannot shake us.
“I may be killed during this battle to abolish the executive presidency. If that happens you must vote for Minister Sirisena and ensure he becomes President and my fight would have been a success, he added.
“There will be more to come. We have only brought the head here. The arms and legs and the rest of the body will arrive in batches in the next few weeks,” he said.
Dr. Senaratne said he did not enter politics to earn money. He sacrificed his job as a dentist and spent his money for the party and took responsibility as the national organizer of the Sri Lanka Mahajana Party after the killing of Vijaya Kumaratunga.
“The executive presidency and the rule of the Rajapaksa regime have put Sri Lanka in a difficult position in the global stage. Early next year, Sri Lanka will have to respond to the issues raised at the UN and UNHRC.(Sandun jayasekera & Hafeel Farisz)

 


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15.10: Ministers Maithripala Sirisena and Rajitha Senaratne just arrived at the New Town Hall.  

15.14: Former President Chandrika Kumaratunga and Duminda Dissanayake also arrived

15.20 Minister Maithripala begins speech by reciting verses of the Dhammapada - says he is was the longest serving General Secretary of the SLFP 

I have been with the SLFP for 47 years and served as the General Secretary for 13 years.

We have come to an agreement with all the political parties. 


I thank the UNP for appointing me as the common candidate.


I thank Ranil Wickremesinghe for selecting SLFP General Secretary as the common candidate.

Former President Chandrika Bandaranaike played a major role in defeating terrorism.

I thank President Mahinda Rajapaksa and the security forces for winning the war. 

18th Amendment was a major blow to the democracy of the country.

Law and order has been challenged today.I never thought the UNP or other parties would select me as the common candidate. 

I couldn’t even impose pictorial warnings on cigarette packets fully but I tried my level best as the Health Minister. 

Vote for me at the upcoming election. I will abolish the executive presidency within 100 days of election. 

We should develop the economy of estate sector and private employees. I request Navy, Army and Police to make provisions for a free and fair election. I will protect everyone.There is no media freedom in the country today. The truth has been suppressed. I will ensure media freedom. 

The 18th amendment will be abolished, will also change the current electoral system.

I will appoint Ranil Wickremesinghe as the Prime Minister. 

My family was fully supportive and backed me on this decision.

I will look after helpless people

Ends the speech 

 

Minister Rajitha Senaratne

This is the happiest day of my political life. 

 

This decision is not against the President but against his rule.

 

The war was started by the Executive Presidency. 

 

Fmr. President Chandrika Kumaratunga

I am thanking all the members for allowing me to join this worthy cause

 I'm very happy about the opportunity given to return to my own headquarters

 

I’m so happy to return to active politics


I was expelled from the SLFP.


We lived and fought within the SLFP 


Party policies were corrupted.


After nine years I have decided to join politics.I got many requests to contest as the common opposition candidate but I rejected all the requests.
I will not accept any position.

 

Our lives are in danger but we decided to take this risk on behalf of the country.

 

Maithripala Sirisena

People will decide where the real SLFPers are

I have faith in the Elections Commissioner 


  Comments - 136

  • usoof Friday, 21 November 2014 14:33

    I am stunt and speechless

    Reply : 14       192

    Mif Friday, 21 November 2014 15:07

    Yeh... Its time to say good bye to MR

    Reply : 15       214

    shanthapriya Friday, 21 November 2014 15:56

    Colombo royalist giving way to polonnaruwa royalist

    12       107

    SLlover Friday, 21 November 2014 18:45

    DO you all want to DESTROY THE NATION!We love the motherland and MR should stay another tern so he can finish the Development after THAT he can go

    190       34

    Perumal Friday, 21 November 2014 19:26

    Because he was valiant I loved him; because he was ambitious I killed him - Brutus

    6       66

    Sarath Kumara Friday, 21 November 2014 16:25

    It is sorry to see that people cannot understand their strength and lack of country first concept. no doubt about country is developing and we have to support it by winning MR. MR has to understand reality very clearly now

    Reply : 141       32

    luvsrilanka Friday, 21 November 2014 18:43

    Do you know the real intentions behind building up of all these highways and all1. MR needs to show international that he is developing his country, so when it comes to international events in sri lanka he can say HE DID all this (but poor people are all covered and suffering)2. He borrows millions and millions of money from foreign countries and build bridges highways , institutipons through which he makes him self rich. Half of the project money is to sustain rajapakse family3. SO by showing external beauty of the country he gets reputation, earn money, gets votes from people like u who looks at everything from outsideJust use ur brain, their sons, uncles, aunts, brothers and sisters are the ones ruling the country.U call this developing. We need a man like MODI in INDIA and that is definitely Maithree!Until today I belonged to no party but from today I will work for Maithree!

    14       149

    TONY Friday, 21 November 2014 19:50

    DO NOT WORRY, DEVELOPMENT WILL CONTINUE WITHOUT CHEATING THE MASSES FUNDS

    Reply : 7       76

    SL Sunday, 23 November 2014 09:30

    ALL OF YOU ARE NUTS!Do you think you can have corruption free nation?Syria,Ukraine and Libya were destroyed by fools like this going after unrealistic promises of the west and its puppetsAre Sri lankans THIS FOOLISH?

    5       4

    Suq Madique Friday, 21 November 2014 20:56

    Stunned and speechless?So is MR and his clan now that the end is in sight.

    Reply : 3       52

    Sonali De Silva Saturday, 22 November 2014 11:31

    Is this going to be the dawn of a new era where all the peoples dreams and aspirations will come true? I hope and pray it will be. This could be the beginning of the end of all those who are drunk with power.

    Reply : 1       29

    Vijay Friday, 21 November 2014 14:35

    ET TU BRUTE?

    Reply : 5       45

    One Friday, 21 November 2014 14:36

    hmmm.. Mr.Ranil Wickramasinghe has shown once again that he is capable of breaking any strong alliances...hats off to you and good move for the country via DM Android App

    Reply : 7       187

    Dee Friday, 21 November 2014 15:07

    I believe it is more of a CBK achievement and sanity prevailing even at this late stage

    Reply : 9       78

    riz_jiji Friday, 21 November 2014 14:36

    At last, a sensible move! a lot of optimism which was not present a few weeks ago! Sri Lanka will do well :)

    Reply : 5       124

    Sampath Friday, 21 November 2014 14:40

    A gentleman politician..simple, common man.he can get all together to chase these corrupt government !!!All the best !!!

    Reply : 3       137

    RIFAZ Friday, 21 November 2014 14:41

    JAYA SHREEE.

    Reply : 2       81

    Liberal One Friday, 21 November 2014 14:42

    A win for SWRD Bandaranayake. He left UNP to form a new party and 60 years later the main two candidates in a presidential election are both SLFP.

    Reply : 1       78

    Reyaz Friday, 21 November 2014 14:42

    Yeah, what a good candidate!!!

    Reply : 3       62

    Sathia Friday, 21 November 2014 14:44

    Finally, a wise decision taken

    Reply : 2       70

    SAUDI SINHE Friday, 21 November 2014 14:44

    Oh ! both candidates from SLFP, God bless you UNP. another 6 yr term for SLFP unanimously.

    Reply : 57       21

    Sri Wickrema Friday, 21 November 2014 16:33

    You are not politically matured enough to grasp the situation. Sorry.

    Reply : 10       57

    The God Father Friday, 21 November 2014 18:05

    Politically matured, he is dumb.

    5       27

    Watchful Eye Friday, 21 November 2014 18:16

    LOL !!!It is time for the People to emerge victorious !!! Let Democracy prevail in its truest sense...

    Reply : 2       35

    BillyBoy Friday, 21 November 2014 14:44

    Too much of anything is good for nothin. The political earthquake has began. Bright future ahead for Sri Lanka :-)

    Reply : 2       65

    Jayalal Friday, 21 November 2014 14:45

    Nice move. Wel done opposition. Be unite

    Reply : 0       58

    Azee Friday, 21 November 2014 14:47

    What is there to show that Maithree is corrupt free and sincere leader via DM Android App

    Reply : 5       36

    Terrence Friday, 21 November 2014 14:47

    victory....

    Reply : 1       26

    Sri Lankan Friday, 21 November 2014 14:48

    Wow ! This is great news. The suspense was totally worth it.

    Reply : 0       43

    cyril n Friday, 21 November 2014 14:52

    Maitre S may come with many but not necessariywith a bagful of votes. UNP And Ranil again making a big mistake and letting down staunch party supporters. I believe MR would still be victories.

    Reply : 59       11

    cyril n Friday, 21 November 2014 14:52

    Maitre S may come with many but not necessariywith a bagful of votes. UNP And Ranil again making a big mistake and letting down staunch party supporters. I believe MR would still be victories.

    Reply : 19       6

    Mithun Friday, 21 November 2014 14:53

    MR did not know up to yesterday the silent candidate is his same party man. Poor political calculation of MR. Game on!!!!!

    Reply : 0       62

    waruna Friday, 21 November 2014 14:53

    I would definitely vote for him. No second thoughts. Sri Lanka will do much better with him being in power.

    Reply : 1       59

    Supun Friday, 21 November 2014 14:53

    Mr. Akila Viraj, for your information, Maithree too is a "baiya". Do hope you wont have any issues with him for his baiya status when you work with him in the future.

    Reply : 2       17

    Chanos Friday, 21 November 2014 14:53

    The best move ever that could be imagined !!!

    Reply : 1       41

    Priyantha Friday, 21 November 2014 14:53

    Freedom to Sri Lanka from Ethanol

    Reply : 0       39

    C.K.Lankaputhra Friday, 21 November 2014 14:54

    Den Hari, den hari, den hari

    Reply : 0       23

    G Dharass Friday, 21 November 2014 14:55

    Sensible movement in sl poltics

    Reply : 1       27

    pradeep Friday, 21 November 2014 14:56

    Great, good luck we all will support you !

    Reply : 1       34

    darshi Friday, 21 November 2014 14:59

    Good move. God Bless

    Reply : 2       22

    mazhar Friday, 21 November 2014 14:59

    very good selection . thanks for who are select mithri as a common candidate

    Reply : 0       20

    Lanka Shantha Friday, 21 November 2014 15:02

    All the Stupid Govt Ministers were asking who is the opposition common candidate? while the person was sitting next to them. What a banana republic we have.

    Reply : 0       71

    Asrar Ahmed Friday, 21 November 2014 15:04

    You are the man // JAYAWAWA, Me and my family support you sir

    Reply : 0       39

    upul Friday, 21 November 2014 15:04

    Jayawewa!!!!

    Reply : 1       25

    Shanthi Friday, 21 November 2014 15:04

    So both candidates from SLFP? Country is in a serious situation

    Reply : 7       12

    padmasiri Friday, 21 November 2014 16:17

    But you do not see the difference. This is to prevent totalitarian regime coming out in this country. Open your eyes

    Reply : 5       27

    TONY Friday, 21 November 2014 19:54

    ONE PARTY BUT NOT ONE FAMILY HA HA HA HAAAA

    Reply : 0       21

    Nishantha Friday, 21 November 2014 20:03

    Still clinging to party politics and judging everything looking through blue, green and red glasses. Time take them off. Look at what has happened!! Now the people will see that party politics are petty and useless.

    Reply : 1       18

    Aza Rikz Friday, 21 November 2014 15:05

    Let us come together as Sri Lankans beyond race, ethnicity and religion; join hands for a better future for the people of this country where we will have priority for food on our table as opposed to commercialization and infrastructure, which comes afterwards.

    Reply : 5       28

    merlin Friday, 21 November 2014 15:05

    I am shocked! UNP has in the past have always stood as a single party and not with an alliance nor cross overs; This time it has turned the tables! RW should step down having bought such a disgrace to the party. MR is going to win and what happened to SF will happen to MS. God Bless Sri Lanka!

    Reply : 44       13

    Maya Friday, 21 November 2014 15:40

    That is a best political strategy to abolish executive power and return that to the Parliament.He will get more support by saying openly that within six months the Presidential system will be abolished. That will checkmate Mahinda.

    Reply : 3       28

    Ashan Friday, 21 November 2014 16:44

    no one will.

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    liyaqath azam Friday, 21 November 2014 15:05

    omg my mind just went blank holy crap whts gonna happen

    Reply : 0       11

    ayo apaa Friday, 21 November 2014 15:06

    Please your guys come and see what happening in MAtara and Hambantota areas, many magician are reciting to make win for MR.

    Reply : 2       10

    Truth Friday, 21 November 2014 15:07

    Smart move by Ranil. In future SLFP will not be strong as now. Whether MR wins or not, SLFP will be divided and be very weak.

    Reply : 0       31

    kassa Friday, 21 November 2014 17:00

    u r very correct....................

    Reply : 0       12

    Regi Friday, 21 November 2014 15:09

    As long as there is healthy competition, Maithree will win with a thumping majority. .

    Reply : 0       30

    AJJAA Friday, 21 November 2014 15:10

    A Sober soft spoken Gentleman politician who does not bark like the others.i am sure he would do well and is the right choice.

    Reply : 2       29

    merlin Friday, 21 November 2014 15:16

    Sober, Soft Spoken Gentlemen! You call these politicos with such nice adjectives? Come to reality my man!

    Reply : 0       20

    Gamini_P Friday, 21 November 2014 15:12

    IIt is great news and our country people luck

    Reply : 0       14

    Waco Friday, 21 November 2014 15:13

    In Sri Lanka , Executive Presidency should remain for ever.

    Reply : 16       7

    jayantha Friday, 21 November 2014 15:16

    The one family game is over, others should follow up.

    Reply : 2       22

    mohamed Friday, 21 November 2014 15:16

    thanks God what a sensible move great news for my mother land I love my mother land definitely whole my family going to vote for this non corrupt man no doubt he will win election and become a president of Sri lanka JAYA WEWAAAA MY MOTHER LANND

    Reply : 1       25

    Dinitha Basnayake Friday, 21 November 2014 15:17

    This is a good decision taken for the future of the country . There are so many people looking for a change in the administration of the country, so this is a good decision made. in order to make our country a better one than it was. JAYAWEWA.

    Reply : 0       15

    Azee Friday, 21 November 2014 15:19

    Does the UNP want to make Maithri the common candidate when he is still Gen. Secretary of the SLFP Minister of Health & with the Govt. and still praising MR via DM Android App

    Reply : 1       3

    Thomas Ranger Friday, 21 November 2014 15:42

    Idiot, Maithri is the common opposition candidate, you dummy.

    Reply : 0       11

    upul Friday, 21 November 2014 15:19

    i can see only one man in the arena. another unp loss. i forgot the count.

    Reply : 3       8

    DDS Friday, 21 November 2014 15:28

    Another very ingeniously smart move by Ranil... so he could remain as the opposition leader till 2022... smarter than the OLD FOX JR... his uncle

    Reply : 6       7

    student Friday, 21 November 2014 15:32

    Anthimata, Kandak Vilila Mee Patiyek vaduwa vagei.....

    Reply : 7       4

    Minam Friday, 21 November 2014 15:33

    Good move..finally after a long wait..Maithree can win.

    Reply : 1       11

    Singhe Friday, 21 November 2014 15:35

    Its really amazing and very good move in all respects to protect our mother land.

    Reply : 0       8

    D Jay Friday, 21 November 2014 15:38

    Excellent decision transcending petty party politics. YES WE CAN.

    Reply : 1       11

    mahen Friday, 21 November 2014 15:38

    jaya niyathai

    Reply : 0       12

    pera Friday, 21 November 2014 15:39

    We can catch our Dream!

    Reply : 0       9

    guna Thursday, 27 November 2014 17:34

    in your dream

    Reply : 0       0

    Jimmy Carter Friday, 21 November 2014 15:40

    This is a perfect lesson taught by the people on that incorrigible nature of the government. nation at large keep the trust upon the common candidate.

    Reply : 0       13

    sam Silva Friday, 21 November 2014 15:43

    GREAT OPPOSITION UNITY- Mathripala is honest and can win Mahinda was going to make a constitution change.

    Reply : 1       13

    patriot Friday, 21 November 2014 15:45

    This shows how bankrupt UNP is Cud they not find a better candidate via DM Android App

    Reply : 10       11

    minan Friday, 21 November 2014 15:46

    Hope a bright future to our Mother Lanka

    Reply : 1       11

    Citizen Friday, 21 November 2014 15:48

    Ranil takes the escape route yet again

    Reply : 4       12

    I.M.Hussain Friday, 21 November 2014 15:49

    Great move we need change

    Reply : 2       8

    Nimal W Friday, 21 November 2014 16:03

    An intelligent move. Grateful to everyone who worked behind the scene to take this bold step. Our country needs a new direction and leadership.

    Reply : 1       13

    sobers Friday, 21 November 2014 16:03

    We all need a corrupt free society. To achieve this voting even for Ghost is the best.

    Reply : 1       9

    Rathnasiri Hewage Friday, 21 November 2014 16:05

    Great achievement of opposition parties, be unite all and support to abolish this constitution , Those who are criticize executive presidency system from 1978 must support to this comment candidate.. All who are in government against this constitute must come out and support to common candidate. Thanks Maitri as you have back bone to understand what need of hour, Congratulations

    Reply : 0       9

    Lakshimaal Friday, 21 November 2014 16:08

    This may sound like great news, but I believe that although the cross over has created a big haa hoo today, it will not transfer a considerable number of votes from UPFA to the opposition. The number of votes that may have switched will probably be less than 100,000. The greatest shock that the opposition could have created, was to nominate Sajith with a solid opposition support. This news will make us (Colombo people) excited but not anyone beyond the boundaries of the western province.

    Reply : 22       10

    Raj Friday, 21 November 2014 17:22

    You are yet to be politically matured, Wait and see,

    Reply : 1       13

    BuffaloaCitizen Friday, 21 November 2014 16:11

    oooo la la, the rats are abandoning the sinking ship. More of the other rats will start jumping ship now.

    Reply : 2       18

    Upul Amarapathi Friday, 21 November 2014 16:27

    Sri Lanka is going to have a prosperous future without a doubt. Good move !!!

    Reply : 0       14

    sarath Kumara Friday, 21 November 2014 16:31

    Real political game. but as a Sri Lankan we have to accept country is moving with clear vision. individual agenda should not allow to disturb it. MR has to be more smarter to contest for 4th time. he has no threat from any one. as majority believe this is only personal game. all MR brothers doing good thing for country.

    Reply : 15       6

    Nimal Friday, 21 November 2014 17:21

    Day dreaming, Fourth time?

    Reply : 3       8

    TekCroach Friday, 21 November 2014 16:31

    Remember once these fellows fully supported MR. They were the loyal henchmen to the "king". They voted for the 18th amendment. They must still be held responsible for the dire and wretched conditions of the country along with MR himself. Anyway, this is a good move towards a better future. I am sure we can have a change pretty soon. :)

    Reply : 0       8

    mohan Friday, 21 November 2014 16:35

    NEW YEAR NEW PRESIDENT....Congrats to MS

    Reply : 1       11

    Gayan Friday, 21 November 2014 16:42

    Too good to be true via DM Android App

    Reply : 0       5

    criz Friday, 21 November 2014 16:52

    Ranil separated Karuna and Praba to destroy LTTE. Now Separated Maithri and Mahinda to destroy regime. Well done Ranil...

    Reply : 5       27

    Aflal Hussain Friday, 21 November 2014 16:54

    Great... At last, a sensible move! Sri Lanka will do well :)The one family game gonna be over.. :P

    Reply : 0       11

    chelvan nathan Friday, 21 November 2014 16:59

    See the UNP politics. Purely it is Ranil Brand. MS will get 70% votes in the election. Good move. Thanks for MS, RW, CBK, Athuraliya,and Mathuluwawe . Pope will meet new His Exelency in January.

    Reply : 3       16

    Biyanka Friday, 21 November 2014 17:03

    Too early to comment ! Move is unbelievable

    Reply : 2       8

    Tharu Friday, 21 November 2014 17:59

    "Rata Perata" ! Yes this is indeed a wise decision. Let us forget party politics for once and unite to save the "Democracy" !!!

    Reply : 3       7

    Watchful Eye Friday, 21 November 2014 18:20

    A YORKER !!! The corrupt regime is clean bowled !!!The most sensible move made by the Opposition for a long time... Well done !!!

    Reply : 0       15

    trueLankan Friday, 21 November 2014 18:51

    Says the American Guy!

    Reply : 4       4

    Grand Master Friday, 21 November 2014 18:24

    This is the best possible move the opposition parties could have made. Present Ministers can toss a coin to choose between the two SLFP candidates. KP and Karuna can jump into the sea.

    Reply : 1       10

    janaka viraj Friday, 21 November 2014 18:25

    Rajarata rice mills tika ,,,,,,,,

    Reply : 1       5

    Nilam Friday, 21 November 2014 18:40

    Three cheers to MS!!! Finally, a man to stand for the nation! You will definetely win with a staggering number of votes,if the game is played fair! O people! get ready for a new SL! We should all stand united to bring democracy back again!!!

    Reply : 2       7

    Yohan Gunewardene Friday, 21 November 2014 18:50

    let us all pray that what ever happens politically that we will not let our people suffer and not let mother Lanka cry any more she has had a hard time with us all so at-least now lets be obedient childrenI personally hate politics.Yohan

    Reply : 1       9

    Rocky Balboa Friday, 21 November 2014 19:28

    At last a good man to be respected! Mr.Maithripala Knew how corrupted this regime was. and the people who supported

    Reply : 0       12

    peace1995 Friday, 21 November 2014 19:43

    SL shall prosper now via DM Android App

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    TONY Friday, 21 November 2014 19:58

    THANK YOU UNP FOR SAVING THE COUNTRY FROM ONE FAMILY TAKING OVER THE COUNTRY AND TAKING DECISIONS FOR THEIR THEIR BENEFIT. ALL DEVELOPMENT WORK WILL CONTINUE WITHOUT STEALING PUBLIC MONEY

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    Amila G Friday, 21 November 2014 20:29

    now or never. This is the moment. More will cross over.

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    Mervin Silva Friday, 21 November 2014 20:30

    Ayubovan maharajananee!

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    Anandian Friday, 21 November 2014 20:30

    Thank you sir for start of with my school motto. I will follow you all the way through with all the support.

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    G. perera Friday, 21 November 2014 20:40

    SL lover open your eyes and stop being so narrow minded and blinded. luv srilanka has explained in well via DM Android App

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    gihanperera Friday, 21 November 2014 20:45

    Good move Mr, Ranil.

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    Logic Friday, 21 November 2014 20:46

    is MS=MR OR MS>MR OR MS

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    Pythagoras Friday, 21 November 2014 21:04

    MS >>>>> MR

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    desy12342.dk@gmail.com Friday, 21 November 2014 20:54

    good work,should have been done long time ago.need a change this time.

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    Revan Friday, 21 November 2014 20:54

    Now bring back the rule of law... via DM Android App

    Reply : 2       8

    mikash Friday, 21 November 2014 21:09

    what a move woww

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    Dilshan Saturday, 22 November 2014 10:11

    Courageous Decision of the Century. Good Luck Sir, we are all backing up you. Well Done Indeed ....... !!!!!

    Reply : 0       7

    FAROOK Saturday, 22 November 2014 11:22

    Sir, you have taken the right dicision at the right time. We pray for your success.

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    harshaka Saturday, 22 November 2014 15:40

    goog crossing over

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    Patriot Saturday, 22 November 2014 15:45

    Well done Sir. Good Speech. You have highlighted all the burning issues in the country, especially the financial ruin of our country, but not touched the important ethnic issues that are the problems faced by the minorities, especially the atrocities levelled against the Muslims in the countryduring the past couple of years.We, as minority, are eagely expecting your good intention how you would handle these issues before casting our votes to you.Please include this matter in your election manifastoGood luck Sir

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    Patriots Saturday, 22 November 2014 16:13

    Master mind Ranil. He is making the SLFP into parts using existence opportunity.

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    madz Saturday, 22 November 2014 16:35

    yeah that insidebnce I hve ever seen foolish thing mr ranil done again via DM Android App

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    Be Fair Saturday, 22 November 2014 16:57

    Sure time for MR to go. But let us as Sri Lankans at least have the dignity to protect MR and the rest from the UNHCR and other unwanted panels. I think a new govt., will have that obligation on behalf of all Sri Lankans. I hope that sanity will prevail.

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    azeez Saturday, 22 November 2014 23:24

    we had enough a family ruling the country ... via DM Android App

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    Rahman Saturday, 22 November 2014 23:48

    Enough is EnoughLets an new Era begins and our childrens live free from Drugs , Etonol, Thuggerism , Comunal aspects, freedom of speech , infact from dynastism.

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    G. Perera Saturday, 22 November 2014 23:49

    madz... your political views are similar to your use of the English Language... atrocious... awful... need I say more via DM Android App

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    Prem Britto Sunday, 23 November 2014 00:06

    Master stroke by the opposition, at last the OPPOSITION got their act together,SLFP Vs SLFP unbelievable battle.I salute the real PATRIOTRIC HEROES Ven.Athureliye Rathana Thero, Ven. Maduluwawe Sobitha Thero Madam Pres. Chandrika B.k. Hon. Leader of the Opposition Mr Ranil W. finally all those people with BACKBONES in SLFP for saving my motherLANKA. a DIE HARD SLFPer. . .

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    ACN Sunday, 23 November 2014 00:26

    SRILANKAN MOODI

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    Perera Sunday, 23 November 2014 04:38

    Its time!

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    bandi Sunday, 23 November 2014 05:02

    I only hope and pray that about 12 years from now we wont have to listen to another crap story as follows......“I tried my best to abolish the executive presidency but the necessary support from the opposition did not materialise,”

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    Loyal citizen Sunday, 23 November 2014 06:16

    Present Ministers can toss a coin to choose between the two SLFP candidates. KP and Karuna can jump into the sea. very smart Ranil go for the gold.

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    Indra Sunday, 23 November 2014 06:48

    Sri Lanka is a beautiful Country but nobody wants to live there because of corruption. Hope new era will dawn, if Maithri Wins.

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    peiris Sunday, 23 November 2014 07:55

    Stay awake Sri Lanka. Otherwise another 30 years of you know what..Go back 50 years again.Think.

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    dhammika perera Sunday, 23 November 2014 09:05

    Yes, First take over the government. Do not even think to go to the election without that.If not same result at the end.

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    Saman Sunday, 23 November 2014 18:57

    MR just got Check mated by Ranil. Game over. MR lost the game. Great move by Ranil.

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