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I am even suitable for premiership: John

13 March 2018 04:38 pm - 22     - {{hitsCtrl.values.hits}}


Minister John Amaratunga said yesterday he was even suitable for the post of prime minister as he was the second longest serving member in Parliament after Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe.

He told the media after a district development meeting in Wattala that he was not concerned about it and added that he would neither request for such posts nor accept even if it was offered.

“I am the second longest serving member in parliament after Mr. Wickremesinghe. I am not bothered whether such a post was given or not. We will not go begging for posts. I will not accept it even if I was offered it,” he said.

In response to a question whether there were any plan to appoint him as the Law and Order Minister, Mr. Amaratunga said he would not accept it even if it was offered to him.

“It is useless now. Even if they offered it to me, I will refuse it,” he said.

  Comments - 22

  • Nihal Gunatilake Tuesday, 13 March 2018 04:49 PM

    Yes - He is the Director of AHAS MALIGA - Now showing in Wattala Regal Cinema. bye See you there. Nihal G

    Joshua Tuesday, 13 March 2018 04:49 PM

    Being the longest serving person in service to the country makes you the oldest too. Hence the reason for not understanding the modern age affairs. Please stop being a spoiled sport and bounce back or don’t bounce at all!

    Lol Tuesday, 13 March 2018 10:28 PM

    SL is backward because we never let young leaders take charge. Most foreign leaders are younger than our Pres and PM

    Cicero Wednesday, 14 March 2018 09:22 AM

    It is time people like him took a back seat and allowed younger MPs to take responsibility. We need to build new leaders!!

    Palli Kanda Tuesday, 13 March 2018 04:59 PM

    Please gracefully retire as the sell by date for most of you have expired. What have you done in those long years to make a "change" in our country. This post must go to a young, bright and futuristic individual for the sake of those desperate and talented youth of our country.That is our future and the only way ahead.

    Aiyo Tuesday, 13 March 2018 04:59 PM

    second longest serving member in Parliament does not mean you are suitable to the post of PM. In case you are appointed, sure MR will be the next PM in 2020.

    D B Tuesday, 13 March 2018 05:00 PM

    "DB" - Dunnoth Baraganng

    Senewi Tuesday, 13 March 2018 05:11 PM

    That is true

    Lord Wolfstein Tuesday, 13 March 2018 05:12 PM

    Just this is the problem. Of course because you are so long time in parliament you are not suitable. You are too old and your time has been expired.

    Dotard Tuesday, 13 March 2018 05:15 PM

    he, he, heee!!!

    Huna Tuesday, 13 March 2018 05:15 PM

    He should be in Angoda

    Jmmysm Tuesday, 13 March 2018 05:20 PM

    This is where Sri Lanka has gone wrong. Just because someone is the longest serving member of parliament does not mean that he should be given the presidential or premiership.A president or premier should be a statesmen, visionary, good leader. A person who can take difficult decisions even if it is not popular for the betterment of all Sri Lankans.

    Johan Tuesday, 13 March 2018 05:24 PM

    Oh no .better Sri Lanka is without a PM.There is no much difference if there's PM or not .See our former PM DM Jayaratne

    T. Iigris Panthera Tuesday, 13 March 2018 09:31 PM

    Nimal and John have common interests and have provided equal amusements and entertainments to fun loving citizens in the country. Both are equally suitable for the post.

    Dasa Tuesday, 13 March 2018 10:17 PM

    Oh my! All the politicians who think this way are the culprits of the tragic situation this country is in. Please please hand over the country to the young blood and do not cling to the power until death.

    Dennis Reeves Wednesday, 14 March 2018 08:27 AM

    Once politicians reaches 60 years, they should quit politics as the brain wires will lead to wrong connections.

    riyadcader Wednesday, 14 March 2018 08:41 AM

    If Idiot comes to the post what would happen to my country

    Mr.Kule Wednesday, 14 March 2018 09:31 AM

    Being longest in Parliament never means you are suitable for the PM. Country needs someone young with a Great Knowledge and Common sense.

    Boru Sobana Jonny Wednesday, 14 March 2018 09:47 AM

    Is there a clause a Minister should possess a qualification of a "Chandiya"?

    Rev. Kingsley Abeywickreme Wednesday, 14 March 2018 09:50 AM

    John what happened to you? did you get wet for yesterdays rain?

    nick Wednesday, 14 March 2018 09:51 AM

    rubbish leader who has done nothing to the country yet via DM Android App

    Local yocal Wednesday, 14 March 2018 01:41 PM

    Go home son! Your drunk!

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