I take full responsibility: President

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President Maithripala Sirisena has told SLFP ministers who met him yesterday that he would introduce far reaching changes to the government following the LG polls results in the days to come. 

“I take full responsibility for the SLFP’s electoral setback. The people of the country have voted for a change and I will respond positively to their message and introduce necessary changes accordingly as soon as possible,” President Sirisena has reportedly told the ministers.   (Sandun A Jayasekera)

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  • Hat Man Monday, 12 February 2018 09:02 AM

    The worst case is ITAK losing lots of votes in North and East. Especially in East, para MR parties won in allot of places. Therefore, if Presidential election happens, then MR would simply win with those votes

    jana Monday, 12 February 2018 11:11 AM

    MR lost the Tamil Muslim and Catholic votes. He will never get them back and will be assured of his 45 percent Sinhala Baudha votes.

    RDF Monday, 12 February 2018 11:33 AM

    Too little too late.

    Mahesh Monday, 12 February 2018 12:26 PM

    catholics voted for Mahinda heavily. They are not idiots.

    Pradeep Monday, 12 February 2018 02:02 PM


    Senaka Monday, 12 February 2018 09:02 AM

    Another promise you won’t deliver? What happened to the change you promised back in 2015?

    Neil Monday, 12 February 2018 09:03 AM

    People expected good governance, particularly action against corruption, present and past, not only politicians but also officials. Freedom of speech is there way more than expected. Transparency is lacking. Country needs strong leadership, take firm action within democratic framework and be harsh on law breakers.

    R Chandrasoma Monday, 12 February 2018 09:05 AM

    If he (the President) takes full responsibility, he is fully accountable and he must suffer the consequences of his foolish and ill-timed actions - that is, political oblivion. He must gracefully retire from politics - his period as President serving as a blatant example of a loud-talking leader misled by popular accolades and falling from power due to a disastrous lack of foresight and intelligence.

    Dhammika Monday, 12 February 2018 03:31 PM

    Did MR gracefully retire f rom politics after being President for 2 terms ? .

    Prabath Monday, 12 February 2018 09:06 AM


    Dhammika Monday, 12 February 2018 02:48 PM

    STEP DOWN - Dont comment foolishly . That will not solve Sri Lankas problems and will become a constitution crisis.

    Ranjan Fernando Monday, 12 February 2018 09:12 AM

    Taking responsibility does not take us anywhere. Learn from your mistakes and don’t repeat them. You were elected to clean the country of corruption. Now get on with it. Don’t shield thieves.

    Dr.Siri Monday, 12 February 2018 09:13 AM

    The beautiful Island ruined by offenders going scot free,

    citizen Monday, 12 February 2018 09:13 AM

    H.E please take responsibility for SAITM collapse and affiliate to state to correct the blunder.

    naresh Monday, 12 February 2018 09:14 AM

    i am a UNP supporter but kick ranil out

    SAM Monday, 12 February 2018 10:15 AM

    Its the UNP who should kick him out. The opponents will certainly look after him well as long as they could.

    D Monday, 12 February 2018 09:14 AM

    You say you take responsibility but the thing is my3.... We simply do not believe you.

    WE LOOK UP TO YOU Monday, 12 February 2018 09:17 AM

    YES SIR ! ! Our only hope is now on you. PLEASE get all burning issues moving and to a firm CONCLUSION. PLEASE BE FIRM. -and punish those who have erred, by fast tracking inquiries and trials to a conclusion.

    Ronnie Bugger Monday, 12 February 2018 09:19 AM

    Too little said too late Mr. President. You were warned of the enemy in your own house. How soon is your 'soon as possible going to be. You succumbed to the two timing Ranil to take action against your arch enemy, the Rajapakshas'. You have just 24 months to turn the tables but do it without the UNP..

    Saman Monday, 12 February 2018 09:20 AM

    Mr.President 3 years public waited waited. Nothing had been done except deal politics. How long to suffer??. Enough is enough. Please understand people's true feelings this time at least.... We can't heading as a failed state status in the world..All the best.

    LALITH Monday, 12 February 2018 09:21 AM

    mr Presidentbe fair , be firmed and be prompt in doing things......this is the way out for you right now....

    tishan Monday, 12 February 2018 09:29 AM

    Yes you came to catch thives.Cath and punish them.

    Arun Monday, 12 February 2018 09:32 AM

    Step down from your position, dissolve the government and let the country run by capable heads which is the only change people wants now.

    Graham Monday, 12 February 2018 09:33 AM

    Time will hold you responsible for Nuwaraeliya town land grabbing, Maharagama town land grabbing, sand and paddy mafia etc....

    Citizen Monday, 12 February 2018 09:33 AM

    When we voted for you we had only one demand from you to punish the plunders of this nation and to recover our wealth. You were sleeping for years with all the powers you had.

    Chris Monday, 12 February 2018 09:33 AM

    Had you stuck to the promise you made, not to be aligned to any political party including SLFP, no need to be responsible for anything.Gentlemen keep their promise, Sri Lankans now know what a double tongue you are. You have lost your respect, SIR

    Vajira Monday, 12 February 2018 09:34 AM

    Its too late Mr President now just resign and go home with PM via DM Android App

    pradeep Monday, 12 February 2018 02:04 PM


    Lord Wolfstein Monday, 12 February 2018 09:34 AM

    It is not only the last chance for you but also for democracy in this country. Quickly you have to put all the crooks behind bars and strip them of their civil rights. You are running out of time.

    Aliya Monday, 12 February 2018 09:36 AM

    Dear Mr.President, were you sleeping for last 3 year ?

    Man Monday, 12 February 2018 10:22 AM

    In fact, The President did not interfere in every Ministry, as MR did. Why should he do so?

    nial Monday, 12 February 2018 09:37 AM

    Hopefully it's not too late for you, but many of us believe you stuffed up the whole apple cart by not taking action and covering up the so called corrupt. We have seen your past statements and acts by you, this was coming to you and there were enough warnings prior to the elections. Let us hope the vote was only for Mahinda but not for his goons. If that's the case then there is a chance for SLFP and UNP candidates in a general elections.

    Jude Monday, 12 February 2018 09:40 AM

    Hey MS this is the Beginning of your End !!??

    Jude Monday, 12 February 2018 09:43 AM

    MS did you realize, without RW and UNP you're Nobody!!??

    DN Monday, 12 February 2018 10:31 AM

    Without MS, RW also nobody too.

    Aruna Monday, 12 February 2018 10:57 AM

    Both Ranil and MS is nobody in front of MR.

    JeffK Monday, 12 February 2018 12:28 PM

    Both are nobody without JVP and TNA. What a fine mess this is.

    AMDEN Monday, 12 February 2018 10:18 AM

    First, clear up your stables. Remove all the Losers you appointed to Parliament through the National List and even gave Cabinet appointments. Then you can take whatever action you deem fit.

    Daya Jay Monday, 12 February 2018 10:32 AM

    Time has run out

    analyst Monday, 12 February 2018 10:40 AM

    A lovely country ruined by politicians. so sad,

    Casanova Monday, 12 February 2018 11:10 AM

    Your Excellency, You are still not late, I beg you, Please put all the thieves , murderers and the rapists from the past and present regimes behind bars for life, You can still implement the Yahapalanaya that you promised 3 years ago. If you get the money that has been looted from the past and present, that will be sufficient to run the country for few more years. include the top intellectuals from the private sector too to your advising committee. Make a difference, when you fulfill the needs of the people, you can make the people of this country to worship you.

    good Monday, 12 February 2018 11:35 AM

    Very good comment indeed

    Summa Monday, 12 February 2018 11:37 AM

    Oh yes, sack the looters, rapists, corrupt, deal makers and once sacked don't take them back after few months with different portfolios. Listen to people's voice NOT the crows, foxes, leeches around you.

    blessing Monday, 12 February 2018 11:57 AM

    First, you forgot that you are the main part of the team that promised good governance. Second, for the last two years, you did nothing to apprehend the culprits, who plundered our country. Now it is too late repair the damages already done. We, the patriotic Sri-Lankans, have become disgusted!

    cheers Monday, 12 February 2018 11:57 AM

    Daham Presidents son was involved in night club brawl and the recordings were deleted by civil presidential security and the bouncer was in the hospital. He too have a bad past people

    Aquarius Monday, 12 February 2018 12:00 PM

    If you had a backbone and delivered your election promises this would not happened. Good luck with your plans when the opposition is controlling everywhere in the country.

    karuma Monday, 12 February 2018 01:40 PM

    MS is a just

    no swrd Monday, 12 February 2018 02:04 PM

    Forget SWRD and be a neutral firm President. You have the heart Use the God given executive powers for good and firm

    Summa Monday, 12 February 2018 02:53 PM

    Party DOES NOT matter. It's the honest principals, policies and actions that DO count !!

    DillonDP Monday, 12 February 2018 02:05 PM

    May be he didnt get the answer right,,, the people want him to be changed....

    Dhammika Monday, 12 February 2018 03:27 PM

    What took place was NOT a presidential election .

    Ajja Monday, 12 February 2018 05:36 PM

    I will respond positively to their message and introduce necessary changes accordingly as soon as possible....Yes Listen and respect to the Peoples grievances and punish those thieves without further delay but as long as Ranil in your corner it will be a day dream.

    Upul Monday, 12 February 2018 05:52 PM

    No need of BIG talk, take your sword out and start cleaning up NOW.

    Bibile maama Monday, 12 February 2018 06:02 PM

    Better to act within the week rather than after one week. People's verdict is out. Mandate is clear, Actions so obvious.

    Nizam Monday, 12 February 2018 06:21 PM

    People came to his doorstep and he responded. The issue is, M3 doesn't have anyone to back him when out of power. To deny this is to exit reality.

    Nizam Monday, 12 February 2018 06:31 PM

    You can fool yourself all you want but this local election was more than about local bodies. On the stages were discussed the national issues, competent leadership etc. If it was a presidential election results would've been similar. People don't want sermons about no corruption good governance etc. These things may sound nice to ears but doesn't provide anyone with a future. People want work and someone to take responsibility for the issues not blame it on everybody except themselves.

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