Video: ‘Maithri will be sworn-in immediately’

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Common opposition candidate Maithripala Sirisena will be sworn in immediately if he is elected the President of this country, the common opposition said today.


Joint spokesman for the common candidate and UNP MP Mangala Samaraweera told a media briefing that Mr. Sirisena would be sworn  it by January 10 if he wins the presidential election and would not allow the incumbent president to continue for two years as mentioned by some ruling party members.


He also said the opposition had no intention of instigating violence in the event a second preference count takes place after the election.  He made this point with regard to an allegation made by the head of a pro government organization recently.


Mr. Samaraweera said action would be taken against all prominent state personnel who get the junior officers of the state to engage in election work of the ruling party candidate. Accordingly he said action would be taken against high ranking police officers and ministry secretaries who engaged in election work.


The other joint spokesman Dr. Rajitha Senarathe who responded to a statement made by Defense Secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa that there were traitors in the opposition and patriots in the government, said Mr. Rajapaksa was not a member of the armed forces during the initial stages of the war. He said the real hero behind the war was former Army Chief Sarath Fonseka. However Dr. Senaratne said Fonskea did not heed to his request not to contest for the presidency in 2010. Dr. Senarathe said he was fully against the arrest of Fonseka by the present regime.


UPFA national list MP Dr. Rajeewa Wijesinha who also participated in the news conference alleged that all ambassadors who are stationed at Sri Lankan missions abroad had also been called in to engage in political work today.


Meanwhile Galle District JNP leader Aruna Takshala De Silva and SLFPs Ratgama Organizer M. Gunapala De Silva later joined in the briefing and said they had decided to back the common candidate. (Yohan Perera)



  Comments - 14

  • Singham Friday, 19 December 2014 10:17 AM

    Mangala Moda Katha.....

    Vijitha Thursday, 18 December 2014 04:25 PM

    Mangala must be day dreaming. Maithree will lise the elctions by 2 Million votes.

    Siripaul Mythreeson Friday, 19 December 2014 10:54 AM

    Sira has to win first, yaar ?

    T Wickramaratna Thursday, 18 December 2014 04:31 PM

    No, The sasthara man said, he will be there till the 14th.

    Ashan Friday, 19 December 2014 11:10 AM

    To be frank, you are the day dreamer Duminda :D

    gayan Thursday, 18 December 2014 10:40 PM

    Not if Chandrika beats maithree to the chair. Then again she is always late

    patriot Thursday, 18 December 2014 05:01 PM

    oops, there is a catch here, MR have to complete the 2 years balance of the president term whether win or lose. so what are those barking from the opposition then.

    Duminda Thursday, 18 December 2014 05:54 PM

    Vijitha people like you only live in dream world. See the reality on the 10th January 2015. New year New Era for country!!!! Thursday, 18 December 2014 05:58 PM

    pissu katha of magala

    Han Solo Thursday, 18 December 2014 06:05 PM

    They are repeating the same things they said in 2010.

    Aravinda Friday, 19 December 2014 01:20 PM

    MR will win 55% of the vote. This fool Mangala is day dreaming?

    Peiris Thursday, 18 December 2014 07:50 PM

    Of course he will be sworn-in immediately, that is "If he Wins"

    Sri Thursday, 18 December 2014 07:52 PM

    Good point ! If Sirisena wins he has to sit and wait for 2 years ?

    DJ Friday, 19 December 2014 09:35 AM

    Before anyone comments read constitution it is clear with regard to swearing in time frame

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