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Will study 19A and plan immediate programme accordingly: MR

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SLPP and Opposition Leader Mahinda Rajapaksa today said the Saturday’s presidential election was special due to complications in the 19th Amendment and said they will be studying the provisions of the 19th Amendment to the Constitution and planning our immediate programme of action accordingly.

“This presidential election differs from all previous presidential elections because of the complications in the system of governance brought about by the 19th Amendment. After the new President takes oaths, we will be studying the provisions of the 19th Amendment to the Constitution and planning our immediate programme of action accordingly,” he said in a statement issued after the victory of SLPP presidential candidate Gotabaya.

He said they now have an opportunity to give a sense of direction to the country which has been drifting rudderless for five years.

“As stated in our candidate’s election manifesto, it will be necessary to rebuild the economy from the bottom upwards and to introduce constitutional and legal reforms to achieve this objective. We will keep the people informed about further developments in this regard in the coming days. In the face of the unequivocal people’s mandate delivered at this election, we believe the government will abide by parliamentary traditions as appropriate in such circumstances,” Mr Rajapaksa said.

He said they would be initiating a programme of action to deliver justice to all those who have been subject to persecution and harassment by this government over the past five years.

“I salute the people of Sri Lanka for decisively defeating the 2015 style attempt made to once again purloin the mandate of the people through backroom deals with various chauvinistic ethnic and religious groupings organised around narrow political agendas. The time has now come to put an end to this dangerous game of promoting religious and ethnic chauvinism for political purposes,” he said.

“I request all our party activists and supporters to celebrate this victory peacefully and without causing inconvenience to anyone. The people have voted decisively in our favour at this election because of disaffection with the conduct of this government over the past five years. Therefore it is our duty by the people of this country, to conduct ourselves in a manner that will not inconvenience anyone,” Mr Rajapaksa said.

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  • Mokan Kosappu Sunday, 17 November 2019 07:18 PM

    God save Sri Lanka

    Chadwick Sunday, 17 November 2019 08:25 PM

    Well said!

    Renato Sunday, 17 November 2019 08:43 PM

    Good, make it more facilitating in decision making rather than lengthy complicated processes.

    Jalaldeen athambawa Sunday, 17 November 2019 09:52 PM

    Good statement from hon manhida rajapakse

    sss Sunday, 17 November 2019 10:20 PM

    looks like he talking about going back to supreme president which JR defined by saying all I cannot do is to make a man a woman.

    Sara Monday, 18 November 2019 04:19 PM

    now a days, you can even do that!

    Samantha Sunday, 17 November 2019 11:43 PM

    We are watching. We will not back stab like you did. Will not organize strikes.student protests.GMO strikes. inconvience to all. But work hard to make this country into free and democratic again.

    Mangala Sunday, 17 November 2019 11:56 PM

    Hope for a developed srilanka in future.and a peaceful country for all communities. Dubai is a muslim country but when we go there we live a peaceful and healthy life.even if were Buddhist or Tamils.or r from other countries .we work but no problems or fear even if visited with our families. Because all communities should respect each other. No discrimination as we all r humans

    George Harry Monday, 18 November 2019 12:13 AM

    Welcome, sir.

    TripleX Monday, 18 November 2019 01:12 AM

    Oh we’ll see !

    Saradiel Appuhamy Monday, 18 November 2019 01:18 AM

    Yes back to 25% Bribes on all Govt contracts and purchases and FDI's. Put all the party and Family todies in places on power and influence. Give Residency visas to the Chinese en masse and run all State institutions like a Mudalai's business with no fiscal control. The Foolish Bolawathies and Gamaralas of SL have voted....

    Ranjith Samaranayake Monday, 18 November 2019 03:45 AM

    Don't bring old habits back to the new thinking.

    cheers Monday, 18 November 2019 03:47 AM

    Thank you Mahinda and you have a key role to play once again with the president and you as PM. Ensure 19A confusion is wiped out and build the sovereignty of sri lanka

    Lawry Monday, 18 November 2019 05:30 AM

    No comment

    Dushmantha Ranaweera Monday, 18 November 2019 05:44 AM

    Yes we expected this. God save Srilanka from now on!

    Sokrates Monday, 18 November 2019 08:52 AM

    This criminal will now keep the power for his mafia clan till eternity.

    Citizen Monday, 18 November 2019 09:19 AM

    No Aiyya Malli talk from now onwards it will be Yes Sir, Yes Sir Very Well Sir


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