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UN chief congratulates new SL govt.

19 August 2015 03:44 am - 5     - {{hitsCtrl.values.hits}}

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon today called on the new government in Sri Lanka under United National Front (UNF) leader Ranil Wickremesinghe to make further progress on good governance, accountability and reconciliation.

"The Secretary-General applauds the people of Sri Lanka for their peaceful and broad-based participation in the parliamentary elections of August 17," a statement issued by Ban's spokesperson said here today.

The UN Chief commended Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena for having "shepherded an inclusive process" and the Election Commissioner for his exemplary efforts in helping guarantee the right to vote for the people of Sri Lanka.

"The Secretary-General encourages the new government to make further progress on good governance, accountability and reconciliation," the statement said, adding that the UN Chief looks forward to continuing to work with the President, the Prime Minister, the government and the people of Sri Lanka in support of building long-term peace and prosperity for the country.

Sri Lanka's ruling UNF today secured 106 seats in the 225-member parliament, seven short of majority. The island nation's former president Mahinda Rajapaksa conceded defeat.

Rajapaksa said that his United People's Freedom Alliance (UPFA) has won eight districts and Wickremesinghe's UNP has won 11 out of a total of 22. (economictimes)

  Comments - 5

  • Aba Jayasekera Wednesday, 19 August 2015 12:17 PM

    We are a small country and have to dance to the worldwide tunes but the important thing is to do this with skill. The new government has the personnel who could do just that.

    Nilu Wednesday, 19 August 2015 09:23 AM

    Hope the new govt will not dance according to external forces

    Nihal Amarasekera Wednesday, 19 August 2015 01:42 PM

    Yes; long-term peace and prosperity of OUR country is our prime concern.

    Niran Wednesday, 19 August 2015 09:56 AM

    They have already begun... :-)

    ANURUDDHA Wednesday, 19 August 2015 04:23 PM

    They dance very well according to the US and western tune during 1077 to 1980s antagonizing India which created the civil war. They should learn lesson from it. Not to cross the red line.

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