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No Presidential election before schedule time – President

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President Maithripala Sirisena says today there is unnecessary concern in the country regarding the Presidential election and further said that even though some made statements that there will be a presidential election early, he is not ready in any way to hold a presidential election before it is due. 

President Sirisena also pointed out that he alone could decide on holding such election.

He made these remarks addressing the SLFP Nivitigala Bala Mandala meeting held at the Nivitigala public fair premises, today (08).

Expressing his views, the President further said that if SLPP and UNP overestimate their political power that is mistake and said that whatever value given by themselves to their parties no one could form a government without the support of the SLFP.

Political parties which emerge centering on individuals are temporarily and the country needs political movements with clear vision, the President pointed out. He stated that the SLFP which has a proper vision for the motherland is now moving forward successfully while strengthening its organizational structures.

Expressing his views further, the President said that according to the 19th amendment to the Constitution after the next presidential election the powers of the President will be limited and the key position of the government will be the post of Prime Minister and the discussion among the all who are in the political field should be selecting a better Prime Minister for the country but not concern about the next presidential election.

‘Even though whatever allegations were leveled against me by the political opponents, I will continue to fulfill the duties toward the country, much more than anyone done in the past,” he said. He also said that he created an environment where a common man could reach the highest level while strengthening the democracy and vesting the superior powers of the Executive Presidency in the Parliament and no other leader in the world did so.

President Sirisena said that the true Bandaranaike policy and the policy of the SLPF is that and always the country needs those policies.

The President said that even though the main allegation against the SLFP is that it is joined with the UNP, it did so to fulfill some tasks which could not be fulfilled by the previous government and the President recalled that today the government was able to win the support of the international community and those cooperation is now using for the benefit of the country.

The President said that he is scheduled to address the UN Assembly in 24 th of this month and he is expected to made a new statement before the Assembly to free the security forces from the allegations leveled against them.

Expressing his views regarding the development activities of the Rathnapura district the President said that he will instruct the relevant authorities and the Police to allow the people to engage in gem mining using kooda cane-sacs in rivers and canals in the area from this week.

The President felicitating 10 senior members of the Rathnapura district SLFP and presented awards for them for their long period of contribution for the development of the SLFP.

  Comments - 20

  • sam123 Saturday, 08 September 2018 11:12 PM

    Enjoy your maximum time sir. You will be withering away after the time....

    Ronnie Bugger Sunday, 09 September 2018 08:06 AM

    We are witnessing the withering process in many of the so called patriots who ran amok during the past but MS will not wither you MUTT.

    TONY Sunday, 09 September 2018 12:34 AM


    lion Sunday, 09 September 2018 05:34 AM

    History will write, how a man could bite the very hand which brought him to the highest position of this country.

    Khan Sunday, 09 September 2018 08:29 AM

    Do you think if you have one tomorrow, you will have a historical win? You are goint to make history by losing.

    GH Sunday, 09 September 2018 08:47 AM

    Do you believe the International Community will vote you to win the Presidential Election in Sri Lanka ext time? So, have you paved the way to win the LTTE leader Sampanthan the Presidential Election? Are you saying that Bandaranaikes are MODAYO?

    Leo Sunday, 09 September 2018 08:58 AM

    You may have had a vision for motherland while contesting, but after elected your vision changed to visiting every country in the globe.

    Good Sunday, 09 September 2018 11:07 AM

    Good,At least keep to this word

    karthik Sunday, 09 September 2018 11:35 AM

    No need to go for a Presidential election before the due date and waste tax payers money. Before the election you see that you fulfil the promisses you made made to this country. Put all those who robbed and looted this country's wealth in jail and make room for a crroupt free election.

    Jerome Sunday, 09 September 2018 12:40 PM

    Patience Quotes. Every great dream begins with a dreamer. Adopt the pace of nature: her secret is patience. I have seen many storms in my life. Patience is not simply the ability to wait - it's how we behave while we're waiting. The two most powerful warriors are patience and time."Say no to any astrologers advice "

    Citizen Sunday, 09 September 2018 01:02 PM

    If you are going to lose by a big margin, why have Presidential elections early?

    Fahs Sunday, 09 September 2018 03:06 PM

    Mr. Sirisena, what have you done so far? Nothing. You are nothing but a waste. You ruined our country. You will become one of the biggest looser in Sri Lankans history

    Dhammika Sunday, 09 September 2018 04:24 PM

    MS as president has done most what he promised specially reducing the powers of an President and appointing RW as PM . (Although RW is a total disaster and a failure) MS has more time till the next pres. elections and try to complete what you promised . That will be satisfactory .

    kayjay Sunday, 09 September 2018 06:42 PM

    If you cannot do something DON'T talk about it - that will help you to win some votes.

    Preethi Sunday, 09 September 2018 06:57 PM

    Allowing people to mine gems without any regulation? It’s going to be a huge environmental problem and why do you need government then?

    Wise Donkey Sunday, 09 September 2018 07:05 PM

    Don't listen to any fake fortune tellers like what MR did. Run the full term and don't think of further......

    Zub Sunday, 09 September 2018 07:08 PM

    You came with a pledge that you will be independent, punish the wrong doers etc. but now you are concerned about building your party but what the people in this country wanted was an independent leader who would take this country forward but you did not keep to your pledge.

    Gamaya Sunday, 09 September 2018 07:41 PM

    Assai bayai ne.?

    Maru Sunday, 09 September 2018 09:21 PM

    Deal with Jala mala jumpatta backfired? What happened at the second hoppers?

    Daya Monday, 10 September 2018 05:56 AM

    If they really want to limit the power of President and save money then there should be an amendment 19.x allowing the parliament to choose the President than general public. Why tax money should be wasted on a ceremonial position.

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