Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe said today that he would continue to function as the Prime Minister under the presidency of Sajith Premadasa.
The Premier expressed these views at a media briefing held at Temple Trees to brief on the development projects launched by the government during the last five years.
Responding to a question whether the changes in the economy would be done under his premiership from next year, Mr. Wickremesinghe said “Yes, as the Prime Minister. Sajith Premadasa will be the President.”
He said the agreement on the implementation of a US$ 480 million MCC grant would be signed before the presidential election. He asked why should it be rejected when the government was receiving US$ 480 million under the grant?
He said they took over an economy which could not repay the loans and added that they were able to stabilise the economy where there was a surplus in the primary account in 2018.
“We could have had an even better surplus in 2019 if not for Easter Sunday attacks. We will be able to do it next year. We have created an independent judiciary, rule of law, media freedom and right to information,” he said.
When asked why the development projects like Gamperaliya and Enterprise Sri Lanka were launched after the local government election, he said even though the projects had not been named as such, money had been allocated for the project from the 2015 Budget.
“We had allocated Rs.1 million for each Grama Niladari divisions in 2015 and it took two years to complete. Another Rs.500,000 was allocated later on. The projects were named as 'Gamperaliya' and 'Enterprise Sri Lanka' recently,” he added. (Ajith Siriwardana)
OMG. Please let Sajith win this election first. You are trying to reduce his winning chances by your poor comments like this RW.
TONY Wednesday, 30 October 2019 06:17 PM
RW WE RESPECT YOU FOR YOUR GENTLEMANLY CONDUCT. HOWEVER, THE PEOPLE DO NOT WANT YOU TO CONTINUE IN POLITICS A SUBJECT WHICH IS YOUR KETTLE OF FISH
Sambo Thursday, 31 October 2019 07:54 AM
I think the people needs a break from your type of ruling. They need young blood in to the parliament.
hans perlee Thursday, 31 October 2019 01:28 PM
That is very bad news
Sarath Friday, 01 November 2019 10:00 AM
If period of term is fixed, It should be with accordance to it. Just because previous President election was held prior to the period that was supposed to be so giving a short notice and lose, It doesnt meen that the the Prime Minister too should do the same.
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