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Whatever said and done by political opponents, the government would rule the country for the next five years without any hiccup to meet the targets set by UNP-SLFP led consensual government, President Maithripala Sirisena said today.

“Some opposition members expect that the government is short-lived based on the results of the elections. Their thinking is that days are numbered for this government and must be toppled before long. I must tell them that this government will go for its full term of five years,” President Sirisena said at the swearing in ceremony of State, and Deputy Ministers at the Presidential Secretariat.

He reminded a similar statement made by late Prime Minister S.W.R.D. Bandaranaike after he won the 1956 Parliamentary elections and appealed to his political adversaries not to try to give birth to a child before he or she completes their full term in the womb enabling a healthy child birth.

“Here were criticism, insults, bitter abuse and brickbats levelled at the government from its very inception. They said a patriotic government has been replaced in a conspiracy hatched by the Western and Imperial powers with a government that danced to the tune of the West.

“Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe and I are ready to answer to those allegations in the future. I must tell them that this government would never bow down to any foreign power or succumb to any pressure as we have a tradition, culture and civilization we can look up to.

“We would never intend to put a black mark on that great history to the day we breathe our last,” President Sirisena emphasized.

President Sirisena said that all four religions practiced in Sri Lanka teach reconciliation, brotherhood and compassion and that the people must decide what was good for them.

“They must realise the importance of unity, love and understanding. We can’t go forward any more without unity and mutual understanding between each other. The National Unity Government has targeted to make Sri Lanka the Centre of Excellence in Asia in the next five years through a common and uninterrupted programme. The two-year National Unity Government will show us whether the journey we started would be a success or not,” he said.

President Sirisena said the selection of Cabinet Ministers, State Ministers and Deputy Ministers was not an easy task and Prime Minister Wickremesinghe had spent several sleepless nights and the situation was difficult as he had to pick ministers and deputy ministers from different political parties. (Sandun A. Jayasekara)


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  • Sapu Wednesday, 09 September 2015 06:17 PM

    It is great that the govt will go for 5 years but beware you have given minstries to MR bootlickers who may betray you

    Dehan Wednesday, 09 September 2015 06:21 PM

    Be careful though. A backstabber like you can be lurking behind you too.

    lal surain Wednesday, 09 September 2015 06:23 PM

    hi Mr President earlier we toppled much stronger character than you. if you dont perform we as public have guts to do so

    Sene Wednesday, 09 September 2015 06:24 PM

    Good luck but you appointed some bad SLFP members that ruined the nice cabinet of UNP and Good SLFPers

    The God Father Wednesday, 09 September 2015 06:33 PM

    Hope so, but all you need is one rotten egg, in this case there are few :(

    Hesh Wednesday, 09 September 2015 06:39 PM

    i guess your only concern is that

    sara Wednesday, 09 September 2015 08:44 PM

    No one can topple as long as you take care of some of theold faithfulls of MR.

    shek Wednesday, 09 September 2015 10:04 PM

    I well explained speech congrats for all the success and best of luck for your future progress Mr. president via DM iOS App

    Hiran Wednesday, 09 September 2015 10:11 PM

    Do not underestimate the power of the common man. Rule wisely Mr. President, next time the people will take to the street to topple the govt rather than waiting for an election. Going by how you have appointed drug lords and criminals to your government you are beckoning for such an uprising.

    farsighted Wednesday, 09 September 2015 10:24 PM

    Did anyone say so? Why worry so much if the public are with you?

    Gamarala Wednesday, 09 September 2015 10:32 PM

    There is say that, person who has fear always make empty noise, That is what you do now

    Damian Wednesday, 09 September 2015 10:32 PM

    same old rogues appointed again

    de silva Wednesday, 09 September 2015 10:34 PM

    Well said.May be he will realize it when they start dancing in the Parliament,but it will be too late


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