Former President and MP Mahinda Rajapaksa today said it was none other than President Maithripala Sirisena who keeps Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe in his post without ousting him.
The former president said this in response to a question asked by a journalist when he was leaving Parliament.
When asked his opinion about President Sirisena seeking Attorney General’s opinion on the legality of removing the Premier, Mr. Rajapaksa said “Why seek AG’s consultations? Shouldn’t forget that the President is the Executive,”
When asked whether it was President Sirisena who continues to protect the Premier, he said “Definitely, who else?”
“We said we will back the SLFP, if it appoints a Prime Minister among them. We won’t back a PM who is a UNPer. It seems the current Prime Minister will continues to function based on the agreement between the UNP and the President,” he said.
Meanwhile, he said the Joint Opposition has asked for the post of the Opposition Leader in Parliament.
“We hope we will be given the place we deserve, the Opposition in Parliament,” he said.
Comments - 70
raj Monday, 19 February 2018 11:28 PM
Did you listen to others when you were the president? HE does not need you advice.
johan Tuesday, 20 February 2018 09:04 AM
They outwardly criticize each other but inwardly they are thick friends.
Jayasingha Tuesday, 20 February 2018 10:01 AM
As president with executive powers one must take quick decisions when the country is in crisis. Whether the decision is right or wrong let future events and actions show if it is correct or not. MR did it to end the war and the end justified the decision .
Sumith Tuesday, 20 February 2018 10:10 AM
You have no choice when you receive only 13% of the vote.
Simple Silva Tuesday, 20 February 2018 10:20 AM
Not only the PM, MS is getting the SLFP to stay on in the Government !!!
Alidon Tuesday, 20 February 2018 10:27 AM
Place they deserve is prison. Country in crisis b'cos yahapalanaya delayed that.
CITIZEN Monday, 19 February 2018 11:29 PM
He should remove Ranil and make you the Prime Minister no? Can't you make a Malayala charm on him to do it so that you can achieve your ambition of continuing third term and beyond!
SAM Tuesday, 20 February 2018 11:01 AM
And then remove MS and make Chamal R President.
CITIZEN Wednesday, 21 February 2018 02:36 PM
.. and take over from him!
V Andrew Monday, 19 February 2018 11:35 PM
It's not your banana republic anymore sir, to take arbitrary decisions disrespecting the law of the land. It's very clear that you have not learned anything
Ranjith Tuesday, 20 February 2018 10:15 AM
Nothing to learn when you slip in on a landslide victory.
V Andrew Tuesday, 20 February 2018 12:39 PM
Yes a landslide to clean the drains, roads, collect garbage, etc. First let them focus on what they've been elected to do.
Mad DOG Monday, 19 February 2018 11:35 PM
Mahinda, please do not worry most of your family members including most of your pals will be in Welikadde before the next general election. Remember how you treated Sarah Fonseka immediately after the last Presidential election. This is the back time. You thought you are a honest person in the eyes of voters. But we all know what a crook you are.
Lakminiha Monday, 19 February 2018 11:42 PM
If you had contested the 2015 parliamentary election as SLPP then you would have represented the parliament as an MP of SLPP which might have made you eligible to be the opposition. How can a group of members who were elected under "UPFA" which is part of the Government become the opposition? If you are so keen, better luck after the next General Election in 2020.
Ceylon Monday, 19 February 2018 11:45 PM
This person has mental problem because he is too old.he is the person must remove frm parliment and punish with jail for his corruptions.also must punish sirisena for protecting this man and others for corruptions.
Kom Monday, 19 February 2018 11:51 PM
That was the mandate given 2015 Election. Very simple
S.P.RAMKUMAR Monday, 19 February 2018 11:51 PM
HIs Excellency and Hon. Mahinda Rajapaksa are you making different interpretation on this Rural Government Election. How do come this election change Prime Minister. Panicking in democracy will lead directorship. Sir as a real very experience politician did you think without making parliament majority can you defeat UNP leader Hon. Prime minister with court order.
Sodha Tuesday, 20 February 2018 09:46 AM
Summa Monday, 19 February 2018 11:57 PM
If you have the backbone you should've asked for the PM-ship. You can't hit at your back-room bosom buddy , right ? Hey , hey , you won only an LG election not a GE not a PE. Must NEVER blow one-self little too much !!
Shunmugalingham Monday, 19 February 2018 11:58 PM
I am Jaffna Tamil,Hindu,and from middle class baground residing in the West. From my perspective all other Sinhalese leaders SWRD, JR, SRIMAO,CBK, RANIL .. pale into insignificance compared to Rajapaksa.He eliminated the LTTE terrorists and paved the way albeit from borrowed money to build the infrastructure for a Morden Sri Lanka.
Geo Tuesday, 20 February 2018 08:47 AM
Yeah.. u hv to b thankful to MR.. u won't b able to visit west Europe in Ur dreams even without him
johan Tuesday, 20 February 2018 08:49 AM
In modern Sri Lanka common peoples basic needs are not metby both governments. If you visit rural areas and drought hit areas no water, toilet facilities, hardly one food for a day because no income for them, no proper school buildings.People vote for them for lunch pkts cigar and liquor.But billions of rupees are looted by politicians and they enjoy the life in Colombo.
shane Tuesday, 20 February 2018 09:45 AM
@ Shanmugalingam - Please dont Confuse your issues here. Defeating the LTTE is OLD NEWS......this is a talk about a a Local Government COUNCIL Election and how the STUPI winners are demanding a Change of Government. I am sure your not so confsed where you will wear your underpants as a Cap on your head Right ???
ram Tuesday, 20 February 2018 10:31 AM
Do you represent jaffna tamil. No tamils in sri lanka will acept your voice in this matter
Tourist Tuesday, 20 February 2018 11:34 AM
Shane,In Britain David Cameron resigned when people voted for Brexit even though it was not a general election. Developments points towards Rajapaksa taking over very soon.
Roman Tuesday, 20 February 2018 12:40 PM
@Tourist DC's name came up in panama papers hence he took advantage of brexit to leave politics the easy way unlike Iceland's prime minister!
GH Tuesday, 20 February 2018 12:01 AM
We have some hope at least your excellency's come-back will save the INDEPENDENCE that our fore-father D.S. Senanayake obtained in 4th February 1948.
abc Tuesday, 20 February 2018 12:28 AM
Not so tough now, are we?
Nimal Tuesday, 20 February 2018 12:53 AM
Time to get you and your brothers charged for all the criminal fraud
Yeti Tuesday, 20 February 2018 10:51 AM
Not forgetting the super sons!!!
Dhammika Tuesday, 20 February 2018 06:41 AM
MARA has caused more chaos and problems in politics where as he should be enjoying retirement on govt expence .
DJ Tuesday, 20 February 2018 06:46 AM
MR is not even a member of the JO, it is very clear his intentions is to be in power to cover up the investigations against him and his family
nick Tuesday, 20 February 2018 07:01 AM
these fellows are not respecting the people choice ranil will end up the worst pm and my3 will end up the worst president who wasted the five years along with the chandrika 10 years so 15 years wasted via DM Android App
BV Tuesday, 20 February 2018 01:33 PM
Rajapaksha himself had advised his supporters to wait for 2 more Vesak Poya days.A rare but sensible comment by him.But his followers don't seem to be sensible.
muhandiramimsid Tuesday, 20 February 2018 07:06 AM
MR Stirring the pot. What good will it do to the country?
Sambo Tuesday, 20 February 2018 07:18 AM
So what is your problem. Its you who are trying to destabilize this country in your hunger for power. Please don't be so selfish and make such statements.
Kevin Tuesday, 20 February 2018 07:33 AM
You shut up. Whatever happens right now, not relevant to you.
Man Tuesday, 20 February 2018 07:50 AM
Mahinda and Ranil got good friendship and Mahinda had asked Ranil not to resign. That's why Mahinda carpeted the road in front of Sirikotha, after closing the road when there was a protest there. And Ranil asked CID officers to go to their houses to record statements without allowing the officers to bring them to the CID.
S.P. Amarasinghe (Professor) Tuesday, 20 February 2018 07:52 AM
Hay Mahinda, its left to the President and you have no rights whatsoever to dictate terms.
T. Abeygunawardene Tuesday, 20 February 2018 07:55 AM
Mahinda don't forget, though your guys won the Local elections, still you are an ordinary MP for Kurunegala and not the Dictator President as you acted in the past.
Lion Viswanathan Tuesday, 20 February 2018 07:57 AM
Mahinda after you become the President (never happen again) then you can order, now still Yahapalanaya Govt. is ruling and it will go on for another two years, mind it.
ANTON Tuesday, 20 February 2018 08:03 AM
BECAUSE PRESIDENT IS THERE BECAUSE OF PM.
Dotard Tuesday, 20 February 2018 08:09 AM
You have already got what you deserve, President and PM of the LG bodies. IF MS wishes to keep the PM, that is his business, after all he is the Executive.If you can throw the PM and President out do so!!!
Don Tuesday, 20 February 2018 08:25 AM
He has trampled his own tail. That is why he is trying to teach Ranil how to run a government.
Too Much Tuesday, 20 February 2018 08:32 AM
SHUT UP, YOU ARE TOO MUCH.
Palugaswewa Tuesday, 20 February 2018 08:39 AM
Do you want the president MS to do the same what you have done to FM Sarath Fonseka and Shirani Bandaranaike? Such uncivilized barbaric behaviour is not found in the well-bred leaders.
Ara Tuesday, 20 February 2018 08:43 AM
He hehe he heeeeh
Lanka Shantha Tuesday, 20 February 2018 08:49 AM
All I want is someone as PM to close or put under all my family files in the courts and under investigation. Then I will stay in my home.
Lanka Shantha Tuesday, 20 February 2018 09:00 AM
First Lost in the Presidency in the election.Secondly lost the Prime minister chance in the election.Then sat as MP in the Governing party.Why don't you leave the party?Now asks for opposition Leader post.How come Governing party to have PM and opposition leader? Power, power greedy. Not the well being of Sri Lankan people.Man there is God.
Earnest Tuesday, 20 February 2018 09:25 AM
It is better for RW to continue until 2020then there will be no u n p. After the next presidential election also if you take the premiership now by 2020people will not for you
AS Tuesday, 20 February 2018 09:32 AM
HE can't remove PM as the parties who helped HE to come to power are still with PM.
Sincere Tuesday, 20 February 2018 09:35 AM
MS does not know the way how to removed undesirables like you did with the Ex CJ. Train him to do that. You are an expert in that process.
kaboos Tuesday, 20 February 2018 09:38 AM
Australia is the cricket world champion and Bangladesh defeated the world champion in their home grounds in the following year and can they claim the trophy as world champion.
Lalith Tuesday, 20 February 2018 03:56 PM
Good example for ordinary layman to understand the logic and the tricks played by SLPP. Public should understand, why these politicians trying by hook or by crook to come to power, is it to work for the public?
CIA Tuesday, 20 February 2018 09:57 AM
Mr. Ex President The time has come to nail you and your money launderers soon. You had your time of impunity. Now it is over. The dirty money will be found including the gold taken from the LTTE. That is my promise to my mother land. I will hound you and your friends till most of them spend time where they belong. You have caused irreparable damage to this country. After you it will be the current PM that will have to pay. Time has come for sri lankans to stand up against these so called partiots. Wake up all sri lankans and work to put this country right from these crooks.
Jaliya Wednesday, 21 February 2018 08:18 AM
Mr. CIA if you need any assistance please request .. I am the ATF since you have the nails .... I'll be happy to drop the hammer.
Siva Tuesday, 20 February 2018 09:58 AM
The election was about water supply drainage and licences.Tell your party people to perform and when it's time for the General election their work record will convert to your appointment of your choice. Get them to show results and it's time for you to become a real grandfather.
Bathala Hora Tuesday, 20 February 2018 11:03 AM
If you want to be the leader of the opposition, join the TULF/ITAK. Brrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr.
Peter perera Tuesday, 20 February 2018 11:11 AM
you have done more damage to the country- moderate people know the reality! So, let them realize their mistakes and rule the country rest of the time!!
Countryman Tuesday, 20 February 2018 11:22 AM
They all are politicians, each of them have their own way in addressing the gallery (the masses of the country). At the end of they protect each other. Tomorrow, if MR gets the power he'll protect both MS and RW, that is what MS and RW do today for MR.
Warra Tuesday, 20 February 2018 11:25 AM
What a ledge! Out of the 360 GLs you won, 160 are hung. You need to sort out your own issues. And just because you won this local election does not mean you won a PM role. Wait till your skeletons are pulled out of the closet.
True Patriot Tuesday, 20 February 2018 11:26 AM
It is sad to see most people comment don't see the truth but yet attacking MR unfairly. MS is cause of all these problems not RW.
Appu Tuesday, 20 February 2018 11:29 AM
We like Ali Baba and forty thieves to take over the country
Warra Tuesday, 20 February 2018 11:37 AM
Obviously he cant count! His total votes are 44.69% the unity government's total is 45.99% and why is everyone claiming he has won? And its a reduction of what he obtained in the presidential election he lost.
Lion Tuesday, 20 February 2018 11:54 AM
Beware The impending arrival of Saturn ,
sobers Tuesday, 20 February 2018 12:57 PM
It seems everyone has forgotten the era of White vans, Politicians involved in Murders, rape and other nefarious activities, Media offices being burnt and Journalists being killed, Thugery in Rugby matches and players being killed, Tons of cocaine reaching Srilanka, anarchy by politicaly influential families, corrupt deals and projects, Judiciary being threatened........What more.... short sighted people!
Dhammika Wednesday, 21 February 2018 08:02 AM
BLIND people !
Mohamed Ameer Tuesday, 20 February 2018 01:12 PM
MR is a low quality lawyer. He doesn't know the what is the 19th amendments said. He have to file case in supreme Court if he knows the law. Uneducated , uncivilised president you.
Vipula Anurada Ratnaweera Tuesday, 20 February 2018 01:25 PM
Don't take these things seriously, everybody knows that that bigger is mad!
paersona4paz Tuesday, 20 February 2018 03:09 PM
A great obstacle for the country's progress. Only GOD can help us. From the number of visits to the temples, he eligible to attain Nirvana.
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