Video: SLMC for Maithri

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Sri Lanka Muslim Congress (SLMC) has decided to support Opposition Common Candidate Maithripala Sirisena at the forthcoming Presidential Election, Justice Minister Rauff Hakeem announced a short while ago.


Speaking at a press conference in Colombo, SLMC Leader Hakeem said that he resigned from the ministerial portfolio as well. “I have already sent the resignation letter to President Mahinda Rajapaksa,” he told media.

SLMC leader Rauff Hakeem who made this announcement at  a media briefing last morning, said his party’s decision to quit the government was mainly due to lack of good governance the present regime had shown.

He said the 18th Amendment which was introduced by this government took away the good governance. Mr. Hakeem said his party was not aware that the government was going to repeal the 17th Amendment.

“We thought the only purpose of the 18th Amendment was to give the incumbent President few more chances to run for the Presidency, but the section with regard to repealing the 17th Amendment was brought in at the last minute,” he said.

However he said the Bodu Bala Sena and the issues, which the Muslims had to face during recent times also had some impact on his party’s decision to leave the government.

Mr. Hakeem said his party would have to sign an agreement with the UNP in future when it comes to elections.

The decision of the SLMC to quit the government and the decision of its provincial ministers in the Eastern Province will push the ruling UPFA into a minority in the Eastern Provincial Council as well.

But responding to a question raised by journalists, he said his party did not intend to create some kind of destruction in the Provincial Council, but would make an appropriate decision on January 12 when the council met.

“There won’t be any issue for us as we will support whatever administration that would govern the country by then,” he said.

Currently the SLMC has eight seats in Parliament according to Mr. Hakeem, while the party has 13 members in various Provincial Councils.
In addition the party has 163 members including 13 Chairpersons and Mayors in local bodies.


  Comments - 40

  • WIN SL Sunday, 28 December 2014 11:46 AM

    Well done...Thank you

    Dutugemunu1 Sunday, 28 December 2014 11:48 AM

    Until he is is in UFPA he is good for you ,but when he chnge sides he i becomes an aextremist.

    Illa kaapu paripu Sunday, 28 December 2014 11:49 AM

    King and pawul paksa illa kaapu paripu

    Prasanna Sunday, 28 December 2014 11:57 AM

    Those who are still undecided, please rally around to protect democracy and support Maithree.

    S.Sriranjan Sunday, 28 December 2014 12:03 PM

    Finally Justice moves toward My3!

    markar Sunday, 28 December 2014 11:40 PM


    Marikkar Monday, 29 December 2014 04:48 AM

    Hakeem your days are numbered. Get ready.

    de silva Sunday, 28 December 2014 01:27 PM

    The next Justice minister is in Singapore.

    Safeer Sunday, 28 December 2014 01:31 PM

    Good Move !

    podi tricks Monday, 29 December 2014 07:16 AM

    A bit late in the day Mr. Hakeem - but better late than never !!!!!!

    Fernando Monday, 29 December 2014 07:45 AM

    Meka Kissima partyyakata wadak Naha

    NADARAJAH SETHURUPAN Sunday, 28 December 2014 02:11 PM

    Back to Kumary Cooray

    kaandi Sunday, 28 December 2014 03:11 PM

    He should have taken the same decision Iimmediately after Aluthgama incident.

    Ragu Sunday, 28 December 2014 03:13 PM

    The rats are jumping the ship!

    Zacky Sunday, 28 December 2014 10:49 AM

    Finally a good move via DM Android App

    idroos Sunday, 28 December 2014 03:18 PM

    Pull the teeth one at a time to feels the sustained pain .At last as expected .Polictics is definitely but full business for one person only is a suicidal action

    Nazeem Sunday, 28 December 2014 10:58 AM

    Now Lokka could tell his brother who feed the BBS for no reason…"UMBALA MAAWE KEAWA…"

    Mif Sunday, 28 December 2014 11:01 AM

    Common team is getting more powerful.

    Don Don Sunday, 28 December 2014 11:03 AM

    Final nails of the coffin, MR has to go

    Waco Sunday, 28 December 2014 11:04 AM

    V:Good move. There is no Justice in the current Government, and all full of Thuggery.

    fairo Sunday, 28 December 2014 11:12 AM

    ayyo useless fellow for my 3

    gafa Sunday, 28 December 2014 03:29 PM

    Hey you are the man correct decision on correct time

    KandyBoy Sunday, 28 December 2014 03:35 PM

    Gota surely must be double checking the expiry date of his US passport... lol

    HDS Sunday, 28 December 2014 11:15 AM

    Even Hakeem is there or not Muslims wont vote for Mahinda via DM Android App

    mohamed Sheriff Sunday, 28 December 2014 03:42 PM

    Hakeem always look after himself. On the 9 january he will get a new ministrial post

    Zamil Sunday, 28 December 2014 11:19 AM

    It is too late. He would have taken this decision prior to the Postal Voting.

    tharanga Sunday, 28 December 2014 11:22 AM

    Good for MR , again 2010 clan

    Nishan Sunday, 28 December 2014 03:48 PM


    A. Kodikara Sunday, 28 December 2014 11:25 AM

    Welcome. Hope that same path will be followed by T.N.A.

    Lokka Sunday, 28 December 2014 11:28 AM

    Took them long enough. Now fingers crossed on Faizer Musthapha, who is highly unlikely to cross over because he is going to get big bucks from Sajin Vaas.

    Nadi Sunday, 28 December 2014 03:55 PM

    Vote for Maithri Mr.President....... and make it unanimous.

    Nimal Sunday, 28 December 2014 11:28 AM

    Always jump to the winning side.

    a. m. r. casie chitty Sunday, 28 December 2014 04:00 PM

    At least one small step towards righting the biggest wrong by raising the hand for the 18 Amendmentrusty

    ebeyah Sunday, 28 December 2014 11:32 AM

    Another pillar of the mansion falls off

    Sunday, 28 December 2014 03:59 PM

    y such a long delay in arriving this decision via DM Android App

    YOHANNE Sunday, 28 December 2014 09:36 PM

    Muslims should salute you....

    sirisena perera Sunday, 28 December 2014 11:36 AM

    This is a good move for the nation.

    Ryan Sunday, 28 December 2014 11:36 AM

    Everything is very clear now, people can take a decision really easy.

    wick Sunday, 28 December 2014 04:08 PM

    Now Sinhalese can decide without any hesitation

    shifan Sunday, 28 December 2014 11:40 AM

    hi time for BBS.

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