The country’s economy would be managed by a the Economic Development Council headed by President Maithripala Sirisena from this year onwards, President Sirisena said addressing an election rally in Kegalle yesterday.
The President said that he had set up an Economic Development Council headed by him to manage the country's economy and he would look to bring down the cost of living and also protect local investors.
"During the past three years, I allowed the UNP to manage the economy. Still people are faced with economic hardships. From this year, I will take the economic management under me to grant people relief," he said.
RD Sunday, 21 January 2018 13:54
This is a good valid reason to appoint him as the President at least from now on.
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gamalath Sunday, 21 January 2018 22:51
lol ...what type of an idiot are you ..... do you believe these king of statements are true during elections lol
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Lokka Sunday, 21 January 2018 14:02
God knows how you are going to do this under the present constitution. At least show the country that you properly govern the subjects currently under your purview.
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Sarath Sunday, 21 January 2018 14:10
Please don't talk nonsense. Do what you are able to! How about starting with genuine support of SLFP for the new constitution like you promised? It seems only UNP JVP TNA SLMC are genuine... You are trying to stay longer than your term without bringing the reform you promised
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Gamma Sunday, 21 January 2018 15:02
This is one of the best moves made by Mr. President after his election. Congratulations.
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ananda Sunday, 21 January 2018 15:08
This decision of the president is a signal to the UNP that the PMs economic management is unsatisfactory. He should gracefully resign and handover to the next in line of the Party. via DM Android App
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Dhammika Sunday, 21 January 2018 21:37
Ananda - Very correct , RW is only talking but no action ( NATO ) . Its time PM steps down and hand the leadership to Sajith .
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aney_paney! Sunday, 21 January 2018 15:27
Out of the frying pan and into the fire we go!
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Suren Sunday, 21 January 2018 15:34
Mr.President , please stop making policy decisions on important issues in public meetings rather let the subject minister's handle the issues if you do have an issue with a subject minister discuss with the PM and take collective actions we voted for you to bring about democracy and justice not unilateral decision like your predecessor.
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MP Sunday, 21 January 2018 16:15
This is good step. Please pay special attention to relieve the poor and old people from the burden they have been undergoing during this period.
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Neo Sunday, 21 January 2018 16:16
What ever you shout economy will be run by old boy association of Ranil, Malik, Charitha Ratwatte, Paskalingam and Arjun Mahendran.
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MP Sunday, 21 January 2018 16:18
Good step - pay special attention on sick and old people who have been undergoing much economic hardship during this government.
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victor Sunday, 21 January 2018 16:18
YOU HAVE REALIZED ONLY NOW MR PRESIDENT,there are U.N.P members some with very low education and with very bad attitude please hurry it up before its too late
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Labby Sunday, 21 January 2018 17:02
Does he know what he's talking? He doesn't realize he's only harming himself. Glimpses of Donald Trump!
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Real Peace Sunday, 21 January 2018 17:46
Without growth, where can the relief come from? What's he talking? Another Sirisena tamasha? The king of boru show!!
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Rohan Sunday, 21 January 2018 18:12
It would be worse when someone with zero knowledge about economy heading a country's economy. God save Lanka from these illiterate politicians.
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Sunil Sunday, 21 January 2018 18:29
Too late. By this time they have done enough damage, spearheaded by a notorious bank robber.
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sach Sunday, 21 January 2018 18:33
what nonsense? more forums and more money wastage. you ARE the PRESIDENT....you are responsible for today's mess. You are the cabinet leader. You cannot hide from that. If you cant do a proper job, leave
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Nihal Amarasekera Sunday, 21 January 2018 19:20
Open admission of .................
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concern Sunday, 21 January 2018 19:20
Took 3 years to realized. Will take another 5 years under him depending how good he is in economics.
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city Sunday, 21 January 2018 19:34
Sir,the more you try to criticize the UNP people will loose faith on you.unless you are trying to play for the gallery,this would end up in a major set back for you.you have been misled by your advisory committee.a UNP member will always vote for it.
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Hubert Sunday, 21 January 2018 20:21
Excellent comments by many Rohan and City MS is just like Wimal weerawansa. His secretariat must compile these comments
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Nihal Sunday, 21 January 2018 21:09
Price controls on coconuts, dried fish, sprats etc declared and ordered by the Development Council worked very well by providing great relief to public!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Ceylon Sunday, 21 January 2018 22:21
Unp economic team is totaly useless and stupid.war time economic growth was 6%.under unp its now 4%.
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Rasheed Monday, 22 January 2018 10:42
To improve, just appoint Qualified and honest people, that will solve 90% of your problem.
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Samitha Monday, 22 January 2018 10:44
That's the End of our Country .
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ghostlanka Monday, 22 January 2018 13:31
Ha haa ha ha.... some businessmen's comments are biased in taking a leap of faith on MS economic and administration policies of fair play for all sectors. But its a path MS has to tread carefully.
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Sincere Monday, 22 January 2018 13:37
For us, voters of Yahapaalanaya, UNP or SLPP or SLFP, all the same! Rogus's are in all!
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A Disgusted Citizen Monday, 22 January 2018 13:46
Mr. President, you were elected on promises made to take action against those who robbed the country over the years, however, you have failed to keep your promises despite a lapse of 3 years. Now you blame the UNP for not managing the economy. Time to wake up Mr. President
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Sim Monday, 22 January 2018 14:16
How has his Ministry performed?
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Eds Monday, 22 January 2018 21:18
What a sorry excuse for a president!
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Kadiya Monday, 22 January 2018 21:29
Then the economy will go down to the extent of cops arresting prostitutes who happened to be virgins!!!
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