Changes would be within framework of people's mandate: PM

2018-02-23 18:25:29

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe today said the Government would obtain proposals and recommendations from the future leaders in the party to do the necessary changes, and also regarding the speed on how they should proceed within the framework of the mandate received in 2015.

“We have to accept the fact that the Government's programmes have been rejected by the people through the recently concluded election and it is essential to go for new programmes. The local government election was an exercise through which we determine whether the people are happy with the Government's programmes. This is an exercise which is practised in many countries. Mid-term elections are held in USA two years after a new President is elected, " the Prime Minister said.

He added that a decision has been made to delegate devising of strategies of the government to younger ministers and MPs.

"Strategies of the Government are usually devised by senior members but this time we have decided to hand over that task to the young ones, as the younger members of the UNP are going to take charge of the party, " the Prime Minister added.

He also said that ministry subjects would be changed after a consultation with the President.

Minister Sajith Premadasa said the Government would go for a welfare package. (Yohan Perera)

  Comments - 23

  • rajitha7 Friday, 23 February 2018 18:43

    With the JRJ govt, there was Gamini Dissanayake. Where is the modern-day equivalent who can run around and visibly do stuff? Find him and give him the Economic Ministry.

    Reply : 6       58

    Clueless Saturday, 24 February 2018 11:41

    JR gave leadership and set the vision for SL to become one of the first countries in South Asia to open up the economy and Ronnie managed the finance accordingly. Gamini did mahaweli, Lalith trade and premadasa housing etc. It was a well oiled machine until 83 when the man from north entered the scenes. What we need is a proper vision according to peoples mandate and ministers who will work above politics to achieve it.

    Reply : 1       9

    Sunil Friday, 23 February 2018 18:45

    The mandate from the people to you is GO!

    Reply : 79       74

    rew Friday, 23 February 2018 20:57

    If this PM is not pushed out, there is no hope what so ever for the UNP and Country.

    Reply : 30       57

    Premalal Saturday, 24 February 2018 09:04

    When did you get a mandate from the people? You have no confidence even to face the people, So you piggy bank on others. You are a big looser we are even bigger losers.

    Reply : 5       27

    critical observer Saturday, 24 February 2018 21:49

    I do not think RW understands it. That is the sad part and the sorry state of UNP.

    Reply : 0       2

    Palli Kanda Friday, 23 February 2018 19:01

    Ok then, get on with it now. Should have happened yesterday!! There are some brilliant young leaders in UNP. Don't hold them back any longer. Surely, You don't want to be the leader who drove UNP to oblivion.

    Reply : 8       71

    Waco Sunday, 25 February 2018 13:12

    Who expects RW to work now. He is marking time and a real Fox.

    Reply : 0       1

    Sincere Friday, 23 February 2018 19:32

    Please also think seriously whether you all have been acting as per the mandate given to you by the people during the last 3 years, and not only the latest cabinet reshuffle. We, as your voters, are of the opinion that you all didn't. Voters are much intelligent!

    Reply : 1       54

    SUPPORTER. Friday, 23 February 2018 19:43


    Reply : 11       55

    Ceylon Friday, 23 February 2018 19:51

    This stupid pm talking total nonscence.need election to understand people un happy?.people demanded to punish thieves and return the robed money back to people.ranil malik andcfew anty unp traitors destroying unp.

    Reply : 13       66

    Tinkiriya Friday, 23 February 2018 20:47

    Wifi annaa genna kammudha Sir?

    Reply : 11       27

    Haramanis Friday, 23 February 2018 21:36

    Sir, please stay on. Your are the only one who can B.S the people.

    Reply : 16       17

    Diehard UNPer Friday, 23 February 2018 21:46

    The UNP must review the following despicable actions-(1) immediately discontinue the monthly Rs100,000/ paid toMPs and the increased attendance allowance(2) withdraw the foreign exchange bill that replaced theExchange Control Act(3) immediately get the National Audit Bill in the original form (without amendments) passed in Parliament.(4) sack all Party Activists like Ravi K who have been involved in various frauds and malpractices

    Reply : 1       55

    Yahapala Saturday, 24 February 2018 11:44

    And step down at lesat now you as the Priminister immediatley now.

    Reply : 2       8

    johan Saturday, 24 February 2018 09:11

    The PM's office should have intellectuals as advisers so thathe will be guided by them.Like Premadasa era he should go have people to go through all newspapers first in the morning and fix people's problems

    Reply : 0       14 Saturday, 24 February 2018 10:47

    Please go and see grass root level UNPers first,All of youcompletely ignored them.We are abstaining from the party,not even vote this time.

    Reply : 0       4

    Nilame Saturday, 24 February 2018 10:56

    What mandate you’re taking? you lost it on 10th feb now you’ve no moral rights to continue, step down without further losing your dignity.

    Reply : 4       5

    Yahiya Saturday, 24 February 2018 11:46

    His relationship with Mahinda

    Reply : 2       4

    Dr.Siri Saturday, 24 February 2018 12:04

    First implement the 2015 manifesto.Srilankans should not be deceived.

    Reply : 0       6

    Aruna Saturday, 24 February 2018 13:10

    People's mandate to you all is to leave the office immediately without further damaging the country.

    Reply : 3       7

    Charith Sunday, 25 February 2018 05:46

    Et tu brutus. Should be the new moto of the unp. Divisions and sabotage have been the downfall of the unp and the reason the mahinda regime came to power. If you choose a new leader make sure it is not the oppertunistic self righteous entitled spoiled brats that you put forward but those who will serve the cointry out of duty and honour and not self gain. If someone like premadas who has caused soo much infighting just cause he cant wait his turn is elected personaly you will loose my vote and i will look elswhere. Choose the wrong person or you are likely to loose half your voter base. Thats the half that cares about the country and not political favours and other rubish.

    Reply : 0       1

    Waco Sunday, 25 February 2018 06:16

    RW must refund the salary he drew and resign from the PM post for failure to carry out his duties. No one is prepared to accept his excuses.

    Reply : 0       3

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