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People should vote to stop SLPP forming a dictatorial state: Ranil

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People should decide on August 5 whether they are going to safeguard the independent commissions or whether they are going to allow the establishment of a dictatorial state, former Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe said today.

Speaking during a meeting he had with the members of National Lawyers' Association at Sirikotha yesterday Mr. Wickremesinghe said people should use their vote at the general election to stop SLPP from forming a dictatorial state.

"The members of the independent election commission that we established through the 19th amendment to the constitution are being attacked by those in the SLPP. Chairman of the election commission and Mr. Hoole another member of the commission is being verbally attacked after their decision to postpone the election to August.

This is because those in SLPP wanted to have the election in June before a possible collapse of the economy. There will be more issues if the polls have to be postponed again in the event of a second wave of Covid-19," he said.

"The independence of the public service commission is being taken away by handing that service to a task force which comprises military men. Military men have been appointed to coordinate activities of the police," he added.

Mr. Wickremesinghe therefore said people should focus on safeguarding the 19th amendment to the constitution. (Yohan Perera)

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  • CITIZEN Monday, 22 June 2020 12:22 AM


    Sunil Gamage Monday, 22 June 2020 07:17 AM

    At least country need a strong opposition

    Prof Jey R Monday, 22 June 2020 09:15 PM

    Sajith has already sold us to Delhi partner with MY3... If you want him to sell your family to India and Maharaj.. then vote for him... If you wish your family to be sold to China... Vote for Mahinda... But !!! avoid trusting fake News and avoid black money media... Brainwash Programs...

    Roshan samarathunga Monday, 22 June 2020 12:24 AM

    Hi mate I just don’t know what you talking about. You are 80 old. Yes you must stay safe and enjoy the retirement. Your health come first

    Lanksman Perera Monday, 22 June 2020 01:27 AM

    Mahinda is a few years older than Ranil. So the reason you ask Ranil to retire but not Mahinda is because you are a gode-bayya?

    lalu Monday, 22 June 2020 07:39 AM

    How young are the other contestants. From University back to LKG, Sri Lankan style.

    Prof Jey R Monday, 22 June 2020 09:12 PM

    Nonsense.. Ranil W is 70. Gota is 71. Mahinda is 75. Don't trust TV and media fake news.

    Roshan samarathunga Monday, 22 June 2020 12:35 AM

    Please people stop voting dictator Ranil . He in the show for last 50 years.He ruined the country sadly putting himself first.

    MK Monday, 22 June 2020 05:36 AM


    Brandon Weerakoon Monday, 22 June 2020 10:56 AM

    All you buggers are crazy. Have you forgotten how MR's government first and foremost ruined the economy by borrowing from China and building white elephants in Hambantota and Mattala and other unproductive and costly projects like the Norochcholai coal power plant ? When Ranil took over, the country was in an all time high debt to the Chinese running into trillions of Rs, which RW somehow managed to control and also carried out development projects. Do your homework research you buggers without bragging from your shit back sides.

    Noddy Monday, 22 June 2020 12:56 AM

    Yes I will not vote for the Buds. However you and your teak with join the Buds and screw us up.

    RM Monday, 22 June 2020 01:08 AM

    If Ranil forms the government, Mr.Sumanthiran and Mr.Sampanthan will have negotiation for their personal benefits in order to support for the government. By do so, they will claim they have negotiated something for Tamils and hiding their personal benefit packages.

    kabraal Monday, 22 June 2020 02:09 AM

    The LESS we see this face, hear of him the better!! NOW, after all the damage he caused!!!!!!!

    Demuni Uduwara Monday, 22 June 2020 02:37 AM

    Ranil is a liberalist but country needs opportunists.

    Rohan Perera Monday, 22 June 2020 02:38 AM

    You are the worst PM SL had and never took action against the dishonest politicians

    Chris Monday, 22 June 2020 04:28 AM

    Dictatorial state is better than your and Sajith's no action no development and all corrupt regime !

    ChanakaJ Monday, 22 June 2020 04:38 AM

    Interesting how RW does not even acknowledge all the problems HE has caused to Sri Lanka and her people for decades. His credibility is down the drain, and yet, he keeps talking!

    Doc Monday, 22 June 2020 04:52 AM

    This man will go in to world history as the only Lankan PM who promised to make lanka like singapore ,in each of his manifestos before becoming prime minister for 5 times ,and yet failed in each of his 5 terms to do so ,yet enjoy a sizeable die hard blind following called green blooded UNPers who still believe he can do it in a future 6th term as prime minister..Banana Republic at its best!!!

    E. Fernando Monday, 22 June 2020 11:59 AM

    I think he meant a Singapore for him and his buddies, not the rest of the Country. And he has done that with the bond scam

    raj Monday, 22 June 2020 05:06 AM

    This election is about who will survive. If Sajith's party is defeated in the election and the UNP form the government, Sajith will be forced to quit politics. If UNP and Sajith's party are defeated in the election, both will be forced to reconcile after the election and that will be end of SJBl If SJB forms next government, many members from UNP will switch to SJB. We will wait and see

    Mahalingam Monday, 22 June 2020 05:36 AM

    China can not take over Sri Lanka unless through a fully fledged invasion which is practically very difficult. However because of the geographical proximity India can easily take over Sri Lanka over a period of ten years by annexing our country in pieces,starting with the North. That process was almost beginning when Ranil was the Prime Minister but it stopped when Rajapaksas came back to power.

    lalu Monday, 22 June 2020 10:42 AM

    Please help the new Government to bring back all the Jaffna Tamil refugees back from Tamil Nadu.

    hoodwinker Monday, 22 June 2020 05:57 AM

    Time is ripe to RETIRE? isn't it???

    Sajith Monday, 22 June 2020 06:30 AM

    I guess we should vote for you and your UNP/SJB bandits then? You really think people have forgotten the Yahapalanya terror you installed on this country where you refused to hold elections? The SLPP is obsessed with holding elections -what kind of "dictators" do that, as opposed to your "democrats" who refuse to hold constitutionally handed elections, pass laws against elections and run to the courts every time to block elections? How many election defeats have you had again and again since 1990 YET you still hang around despite being rejected by the people so many times? Who's the dictator again?

    Ravindra Ekanayake Monday, 22 June 2020 06:32 AM

    He should take full responsibility if such things happen. He and his friends struck deals and protected Rajapakshas being probing the corrupt deals during Rajapaksha Regime.

    Ralaharamy Monday, 22 June 2020 06:52 AM

    Sri Lankans are mesmerized by petty gallery shows of match fixing, beach filling, Prison clean up and Security etc, while the country is eroding due to Covid-19 induced Joblessness, Salary cut, price increase and as usual the stealthy deals in Mega contracts. Sorry Sir, they have no time to stop and listen to you. Yours is a voice in the wilderness.

    Paul Monday, 22 June 2020 07:07 AM

    Independent Commissions which were set-up under the 19th amendment had been in an experimental level, the former President once said when he reviewed the activation of the commissions during the term of his office. The real Independent Commissions were set-up under 17th amendment. They were abolished by MR government. If our people cast their vote mindfully at the upcoming election we will be able change this system.

    Sunil Gamage Monday, 22 June 2020 07:17 AM

    Ranil Wickramasinghe; do you know what is called leadership and Courageous leadership. When a person become the premier he will not become a leader. You never had a vision to rule the country according to will of the people. What you did; we all aware. Any decision to vote your party would be a treacherous decision to the country.

    Jude Monday, 22 June 2020 07:19 AM

    Countries like SL need dictatorship in the face of democracy to develop the country!! That was the CASE in South Korea, Malaysia, Indonesia and Taiwan !! These countries aka Newly Industrialized Countries!!

    Joshua Monday, 22 June 2020 07:38 AM

    Yes need to stop SLPP. But UNP is not the answer. UNP simply failed to use the golden opportunity under yahapalanaya to bring before law all corrupt persons and criminals. Yes the independent commissions established are one of the silver lining of yahapalanaya

    Jude Monday, 22 June 2020 07:43 AM

    Somebody should come along and establish an Authoritarian form of government in SL. !! For starters CHANGE the Number of MP'S to ONLY 100. Restrict the Cabinet ministers to 15. Disallow provincial governmens. Appoint Governors to all provinces with fixed term. Currupt politicians subject for long term imprisonment. No parole for 10 years with seizures of property, bank accounts and bank assets.

    Saman Monday, 22 June 2020 07:51 AM

    we like dictatorship

    Antany Peter Monday, 22 June 2020 07:56 AM

    Without a discipline nobody can progress weather we are talking about individual's or country's success. If Sri Lanka had a good discipline and excellent surveillance Tamil armed groups and JVP would not have grown massively. Plus Easter Sunday bombings would not have happened either. Rail doesn't not think what is necessary to the country, but listens to the foreign powers. Rail had his turn, he should resign, he should not spoil the new candidates with his traditional political mindset.

    Kim Monday, 22 June 2020 07:57 AM

    You should take the blame for the current situation in the country. You are a very selfish politician who let down the people of the country who voted for you in the 2015 elections. You will go down in history as a politician who destroyed the country due to selfish motives and stubborn behaviour paving the way for the President to form a dictatorship Government.

    Prof Jey R Monday, 22 June 2020 09:19 PM

    You are brainwashed by Fake TV News... And attack propoganda by Sajith MY3 MR IOC Sirasa ... LoL

    Shehan Monday, 22 June 2020 08:02 AM

    All the old goons must be voted out... if people are smart, they should vote for individuals... not for parties. There’s a lot of deadwood in both parties. People should say a resounding NO to all of these rogues. This includes MR and Ranil, and all others. Or else this country will never be a place to live.

    Ranabhahu Wijemanna Monday, 22 June 2020 08:14 AM

    Ranil , name just one good thing you have done for this country. Since we have some stupid people in the country you can still be in the politics.

    Sri Lankan Monday, 22 June 2020 08:22 AM

    Very true.

    Era Monday, 22 June 2020 08:34 AM

    People need to stop two distator led parties. SLPP and UNP.

    Vernon Monday, 22 June 2020 08:45 AM

    You formed a dictatorial party and parliament, where what you decide had to be followed by all in Govt side. There was no democracy then. Your so called democracy also did not bring the expected results by the people.

    Andrew Silva Monday, 22 June 2020 08:49 AM

    It appears it is only now he has opened his eyes or is it one of his grand plans for the future with Mahinda.

    Paparazi Monday, 22 June 2020 09:00 AM

    Seriously dude .. I thought you are working for SLPP to ensure they are getting 2/3

    Sokrates Monday, 22 June 2020 09:07 AM

    The most lousy democratic government is thousand times better than a ruthless military dictatorship under a criminal Mafia Clan.

    Sangaralingham Monday, 22 June 2020 09:19 AM

    Dictatorial policies rule will ruin the island morals lead to instability dysfunction in society at large failure of society to cooperate eith public law collapse of economy. Democracy is not by majority minority but close cooperation of society at large with support collaboration of all.

    MP Monday, 22 June 2020 09:34 AM


    FF Monday, 22 June 2020 09:36 AM


    Roshanaly Monday, 22 June 2020 10:11 AM

    What about you, you are the real dictator in the UNP.

    Nimal Monday, 22 June 2020 11:04 AM

    If we knew before hand you were going to bring in your pal as the Governor of CB, we wouldn't have voted for you in 2015

    Mera Mulana Monday, 22 June 2020 11:11 AM

    A total failure in Sri Lankan politics RW is the main cause for a brotherhood of family business political mafia .

    Sambo Monday, 22 June 2020 08:56 PM

    YES please vote for the telephone symbol as so to wipe off even people of your caliber.

    Wancha Monday, 22 June 2020 10:16 PM


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