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Newly elected eighth President of Sri Lanka Ranil Wickremesinghe yesterday pledged to address the needs of those who are staging protests calling for a system change and to deal with those lawbreakers who cause destruction.

Mr. Wickremesinghe made this pledge whilst speaking to journalists after having engaged in religious observances at the Gangarama Temple in Colombo.

“We are ready to listen to those who stage peaceful protests, and to the silent majority. We are also ready to deal with the law with those who create destruction,” he said.

“I also pledge to end confrontational politics and work with everyone in Parliament. Those who protest and many others question as to why all political parties in Parliament cannot work together and bring a system change. We have to focus on these questions,” he added.

“Asked as to whether the Rajapaksas are his friends, Mr. Wickremesinghe said they are not. “Do you see any Rajapaksas here. I have worked with Ms. Chandrika Kumaratunga. She belongs to one party and I to another. Just because I work with other political parties that does not mean they are my friends,” he said in this regard.

Asked as to who would be the next Prime Minister, the President said he believes that the person who holds a majority in Parliament should takeover the post. (Yohan Perera)

 

 


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  • Kumar Thursday, 21 July 2022 06:47 AM

    Hopefully people will believe him when the changes made.

    Aram Thursday, 21 July 2022 06:55 AM

    How the Sinhala Majority parliament could not solve ethnic issues for the past 74 years, likewise,a system change is a dream for people of this country. If dhal

    Anne Karunaratne Thursday, 21 July 2022 08:45 AM

    I Sincerely hope that you will be able to do all this Mr President.. Good luck and God's blessings in the difficult journey you have undertaken at a most crucial time in the country..

    Ranil go home Thursday, 21 July 2022 08:50 AM

    You are always talking about the rule of law, establishing law and order. Now you are talking about taking legal action against the people who destructed public property. It's ironic that you haven't mentioned anything about taking action against the people who destroyed Sri Lanka's economy bringing misery including death and destruction to millions of Sri Lankans. You are an elite who only cares about the your social class. It's a pitty that suffering masses don't realize this. First apply the law against Rajapakses and their gajamithuro.

    TONI Thursday, 21 July 2022 08:51 AM

    IT WILL BE VERY HEALTHY IF YOU CAN START ENDING CORRUPTION STARTING TOMORROW.

    Sils Thursday, 21 July 2022 08:59 AM

    Before a system change can take place, people's minds have to be changed

    TONI Thursday, 21 July 2022 09:02 AM

    SYSTEM CHANGE INCLUDES A YOUNG PRESIDENT AND NOT AN OLD CUNNING FOX

    Sandy Thursday, 21 July 2022 09:03 AM

    Privatise Sri Lankan airlines at the earliest to lift the unnecessary burden on the economy

    Hudson Samarasinghe (attorney-at-law) Thursday, 21 July 2022 09:29 AM

    Good move, get the Galle Face boys and girls and talk to them and come in to a good conclusion Sir.

    Boru Na Atha - Truth Thursday, 21 July 2022 09:31 AM

    Well you could do it, we trust you but for the system change please for heaven sake don't get any advises from Wijedasa Rajapakshe he will be your first enemy to cut your throat.

    Russel Harmmer Thursday, 21 July 2022 09:32 AM

    Better to get the public opinion to change the system from the younger generation (outside the world)

    Lion Thursday, 21 July 2022 11:08 AM

    He will do everything to satisfy the rouges who voted for him


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