Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa who led the new political party, the Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP) to the Local Government election victory, today said it was clear that Sri Lanka needs a change.
“Thank you to all who supported the vision of the Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna at the LG election. Your voices have been heard. It’s clear that our country needs a change,” he said in a tweet.
In a statement this morning, Mr. Rajapaksa said the opposition has been able to achieve this victory amidst unprecedented persecution and harassment.
“Despite the personal harassment they may have had to face over the past three years, I earnestly request all those who contested under the SLPP to celebrate this hard won victory peacefully and with restraint and in a manner that will not inconvenience the defeated side,” he said.
He said the members of the SLPP should be mindful to celebrate the election victory in a peaceful way to show their appreciation to the voting public of Sri Lanka.
“I wish to express my heartfelt thanks to the voting public of Sri Lanka who have reposed their trust in us, and made this victory possible,” he said. (Lahiru Pothmulla)
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Comments - 41
max Sunday, 11 February 2018 09:46 PM
What a come back sir. Salute! Yahapalakas should know they can't fool the people all the time. All the best sir. Let's look forward to a new era again.
Away Sunday, 11 February 2018 09:47 PM
We voted you to teach RW a lesson and force the UNP to reform not to bring you to power
Prasad Monday, 12 February 2018 09:31 AM
Rohan Monday, 12 February 2018 09:43 AM
Liar, you didn’t vote for MR
Yeti Sunday, 11 February 2018 09:47 PM
To the earlier system, white van, corruption et all,No?
Gamage Sunday, 11 February 2018 09:49 PM
The change we need is for the theives to be jailed
Valan Sunday, 11 February 2018 09:57 PM
Yes, people want change with corruption less politicians. They told you in 2015 they don't trust you with big money. Now they have given you the responsibility with small councils (less money) , make use of it and show you can be trusted. In 2020 people will decide!
L C A Sunday, 11 February 2018 09:57 PM
For last 3 years, UNP together with SLFP had clearly proved that MR and his mates have not done anything wrong to this country. On that grounds, people took this opportunity to apologize MR by casting their votes for SLPP.
buffalo Monday, 12 February 2018 11:01 AM
Is that what happened? You must be a southerner.
Haramanis Sunday, 11 February 2018 09:59 PM
We wish the Blessings of the Triple Gem upon you Sir.
Saman Sunday, 11 February 2018 10:00 PM
Country needs a change. Sure. But this is not the change many expected. After few moths, may be in a few weeks your crooks will start their real work.
SAM SPARROW Sunday, 11 February 2018 10:07 PM
Yeap... Seems like
Concerned Srilankan Sunday, 11 February 2018 10:20 PM
55 percent of the population did not vote for you. Masses have not forgotten your dark era; however they voted against incompetent, corruption protecting RW and My3. If they later can reverse and keep up their promise, in two years you and your lot will be swept under the carpet.
Rohan Monday, 12 February 2018 09:45 AM
Please don’t Try to bring % and ignore the point. The point is people desire MR as their leader loud and clear.
gona Monday, 12 February 2018 10:33 AM
@Rohan. Of course, people who voted MR don't understand percentages..
Docuk Sunday, 11 February 2018 10:23 PM
Yes, but not you and your family. We voted for SLPP to teach a lesson to the President. Don’t ever think that we will vote you back into power. This is local govt elections and it is a protest vote, pls don’t get excited. You and your lot should be behind bars.
abc Sunday, 11 February 2018 10:31 PM
Yes, too many idiots..
Ex-Voter Sunday, 11 February 2018 10:36 PM
Certainly. The Government has to step up investigations against all you people! So, why don't you assist this essential change !!!?
Lima Sunday, 11 February 2018 10:46 PM
YOU ARE LUCKY AND SHOULD BE GRATEFUL T PRES MS AND PM RANIL FOR NOT PUNISHING YOU WITH DEATH OF FOR LIFE FOR YOUR ROBBERY / MURDER THAT YOU COMMITTED DURING YOUR TYRANY REGIME . DUE TO BROKEN PROMISE OF MS AND RW THE VOTERS HAD NO CHOICE BUT , TO VOTE TO SHOW THAT PRES MS TO PUNISH YOU AND YOUR HENCHMEN WITHIN THESE TWO YEARS. WAIT AND SEE
Gayan Sunday, 11 February 2018 10:46 PM
Mahinda 2.0! Country is ready.
ala Sunday, 11 February 2018 10:49 PM
Yes, enjoy peacefully since the Yahapalana Govt., made it possible to hold free and fair elections. Change will come only when you do well in the electorates. Winning is not everything , its just a beginning , so don't jump the gun!!
The critic Sunday, 11 February 2018 10:50 PM
Yes the country needs a change!But not with you as PM!Dream on!
Ceylon Sunday, 11 February 2018 10:50 PM
Exactly correct.country need a change with honest and able leader/leaders.enough killers theives and fools destroyed the country during last 70 years.
john frazer Sunday, 11 February 2018 10:51 PM
for you to rob again
Patriot Sunday, 11 February 2018 10:57 PM
Yes the country needs a change in leadership, but not a gorilla like you!
Chari Monday, 12 February 2018 09:03 AM
Well done Sir.
Persona4paz Monday, 12 February 2018 09:16 AM
It is very clear that the country needs a change. But, unfortunately not the one you imagine.
Kapuruhami Monday, 12 February 2018 09:24 AM
Yes, country need to change the march of collective thieves, This bunch cannot do that.
Lord Wolfstein Monday, 12 February 2018 09:29 AM
Hopefully the central government will check every single rupee which will be given to the local bodies run by your people.
Ronnie Bugger Monday, 12 February 2018 09:37 AM
You are talking as if you have been elected as the new President. You are still just an MP. Be assured that the wheels of justice will not stop but will continue to grind for you.
RadRav Monday, 12 February 2018 10:28 AM
Yeah but you're not it!
Anon Monday, 12 February 2018 10:28 AM
Return of Alibaba and the 40 Horas
Nimal Tissa Wijetunga Monday, 12 February 2018 10:58 AM
Your Excellency, Mahinda Rajapakse,People or Masses of Si Lanka trusted up on the responsibility to you once again mainly as a matter of gratitude to you as the 06th Head of the State among long list of Kings and Presidents to brought the Motherland together IN A HISTORY running for more than 2500 years.The leadership that you have given was exemplary in the process of annihilation of Terrorist LTTE and its leader Prabhakaran as you never ever bowed down to so called Western Powers.In view of the re-emergence of you as a great leader and a true son of Sri Lanka, we would like to invite your serious attention to the following:1) No to constitutional reforms to give the Elam on a platter as Yahapalana tries. specifically Ranil.2) Must maintain Sri Lanka as a Sinhalese Buddhist nation.3) Continue your drive for the development of the country specifically Agriculture including attaining the self sufficiency of Rice rather than looking at the sea for food ships.
Nimal Tissa Wijetunga Monday, 12 February 2018 11:13 AM
Continuation.....4) No Corruption and accountability must be maintained.5) Must take action to Ranil, Ravi, Mahendran, Aloysius, Palisena, Cope committee members involved in foot notes in the investigation of Bod Scam, whom involved in day light Robbery or Plunder of Central Bank of Sri Lanka.6) No Human right cases or Prosecution by foreign or local judiciary for any act by victorious Armed forces of Sri Lanka during annihilation of Terrorist LTTE and its leader Prabhakaran.7) Taking care of subsidies rovided to farmers, other governmental officials and Sri Lankan masses as a whole for their Economic development and day to day living.8) Approach to so called Tamil problem as mere Economic problem as same as to all the people of Sri Lanka.Finally, we wish you all the best for the re-emergence and look forward to a great country through your great leadership.
kanne punnakkuda Monday, 12 February 2018 03:37 PM
You are asking this guy to reduce corruption? Really?
Peter Aiya Monday, 12 February 2018 11:20 AM
OH No not you nor any other Rajapaksa How much did you spend on this campaign cool 500 million thats pea nuts
Mercedes Monday, 12 February 2018 11:28 AM
YesSir, the country needs a change but not the change that has taken part now. we need a change. We needed non corrupted untarnished leadership.This is almost like exchanging ginger with chillies.
Appachchi Monday, 12 February 2018 11:42 AM
This guy still sells the war victory for his own gain. He wasn't the one who made strategies or neither fought in the war, but yet he still greedily takes the full credit for the war victory. And trying to plunder the country again.
s.narayan Monday, 12 February 2018 12:32 PM
Bravo MR and Team !!What a come back.... Now that looking forward to big match.
Nimal Tissa Wijetunga Monday, 12 February 2018 01:32 PM
Part 1 - Mahinda Rajapakse,Masses or people of Sri Lanka has voted to you mainly as a Mark of Gratitude to your leadership in annihilating terrorist LTTE and its leader Prabhakaran and it is only the 06th occassion a Head of the State of Sri Lanka among long line of kings and residents did so in the history of more than 2500 years as you never ever bowed down to so called western powers,In view of the above, we would like to bring to your serious attention to the following:1) No to Constitutional reforms to give Tamil Elam on a platter where terrorists failed after 30 years of violence.2) Must maintain the Unitary nature of Sri Lanka and its territorial integrity.3) Maintain the very fabrication of Sri Lanka as Sinhalese Buddhist country.
Lion Monday, 12 February 2018 01:43 PM
Please don't give back this country man who suits for the hell
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