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The United National Party (UNP) said today that President Maithripala Sirisena should equally share the blame as the Head of State and the Head of the Government if there was any corruption during the past three and half years.

Issuing a statement, UNP Chairman MP Kabir Hashim said President Sirisena, at a meeting with the Foreign Correspondents Association in Colombo had yet again tried to justify the illegal removal of Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe by saying it was due to corruption.

The President said that a Presidential Commission of inquiry will be established to look into cases of corruption between January 2015 and October 2018.

“The Government that operated during this period was in no way 'A Ranil Wickremesinghe Government'. President Maithripala Sirisena who headed the National Unity Government was not only the Head of State but also the Head of Government. All decisions were made by a Cabinet chaired by the President. If there was corruption in the past 3 ½ years as the President says, the President has equally to share the blame.

We welcome the appointment of a Presidential Commission to look into this period and we also insist that President Sirisena is not made immune to the investigation himself.
Furthermore, the President is reported to have said that he will not appoint Ranil Wickremesinghe as the Prime Minister in his lifetime even if legally proven that he commands the confidence of the majority in the house. This is yet another blatant violation of the fundamentals of Parliamentary Democracy. The President has no choice but to act within the framework of Constitutional Provisions and the Constitution does not make provisions for personal vendettas.

Finally, the United National Party would also like to remind President Sirisena that he has not been elected for a lifetime and that his term as President comes to an end in less than 12 months,” the statement said.

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  • Sid Monday, 26 November 2018 05:30 PM

    This is what happens when ur sober of power.....u start panicking

    Bandula Monday, 26 November 2018 05:32 PM

    It is good that he admits joint culpability. It is a start.

    channa Monday, 26 November 2018 05:33 PM

    it's the fault of united national front for selecting this man as the common candidate and ask its supportors to vote this man. one should know if an unfaithful person can betray his own party and the leader then he can betray anybody in the futute too.

    Gemunu Monday, 26 November 2018 05:37 PM

    Well said Mr Kabir Hashim. UNP/UNF should now respond to Sirisena in the strongest possible terms without beating around the bush.

    Shafraz Monday, 26 November 2018 05:46 PM

    Hahaa! Great! All of you idiots ruined our beautiful nation. Thank you RW and MS.

    BUSHEL Monday, 26 November 2018 05:47 PM

    Any way u and ur president were in the same boat. Now things went wrong and no point arguing u r right or other group is right. All are thieves. The country has to recover. Now we people can not wait like this.Simpy let people decide. Have the elections immediately

    Buddhi Perera Monday, 26 November 2018 05:47 PM

    Sirisena was not alone in the cabinet- he had his own golayas like SB (12000 votes). Whatever it is how can Sirisena say his choice of PM is better than Ranil W?

    vithura Monday, 26 November 2018 05:51 PM

    MS is not so intelligent to comprehend the point you are making!

    Wise Donkey Monday, 26 November 2018 05:58 PM

    The president, prime minister and the cabinet should equally share what is known as 'COLLECTIVE RESPONSIBILITY' and nobody can pass the buck on to the other. Everyone is responsible for the good and the bad.If someone of all these years starts pointing the finger at some one now, he is only a novice in politics who does not know even ABC of government.

    Mandy Monday, 26 November 2018 07:52 PM

    The Mattala Airport was under Nimal Siripala. H'tota port was under Mahinda Samarasinghe and MS was Head of Cabinet. So how can Sirisena say it was a UNP sell out of assets.

    ahamed Monday, 26 November 2018 10:41 PM

    So you endorsing the existence of corruption during last 31/2 years

    Donovan Jayamanne Tuesday, 27 November 2018 09:16 PM

    May a comprehensive inquiry seek all nooks and corners to find out everyone.


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