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President Gotabaya Rajapaksa never said that ‘he failed’ as interpreted by certain media but admitted that he and the cabinet were not able to fulfill fully the aspirations of 6.9 million who voted him into Presidency, Cabinet spokesman, Mass Media Minister Dulles Alahapperuma said yesterday.

Responding to a journalist at yesterday’s weekly post cabinet news briefing, he said the humble admission of the President clearly manifests the democratic and down-to-earth attitude of President Rajapaksa and the democratic thinking of his government.

“Don’t forget that there was a time when a President kept letters of resignation of government members in his pocket obtained under duress. But under President Rajapaksa, constructive criticism, dissent and comments are possible. We also accept what the President said,” he said. Trade Minister Bandula Gunawardana said the government has not failed in anyway as it has done a great job performing in a commendable way to do the job entrusted to it by the people. “We inherited an economy totally decimated by the yahapalana government. Under former President Mahinda Rajapaksa, Sri Lanka had been promoted to the rank of a ‘Middle Income Country’ in the global ranking when the GDP spiraled to US$ 79 billion in 2014 from a mere US$ billion in 2003. Under President Mahinda Rajapaksa, Sri Lanka became a fully active worksite from an unproductive baron land. All these achievements were reversed after 2015 under shortsighted and antipeople policies of yahapalana government,” Minister Gunawardana said. (SANDUN A. JAYASEKERA)

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  • Sambo Wednesday, 13 October 2021 09:01 AM

    He does not have to say. Ones actions and decisions taken will show if he or she has failed or not.

    Jude Wednesday, 13 October 2021 09:02 AM

    People are not forcing this government to do the right thing,!! Huh, and people must take matters into their own hands!! Just how bad it is, more than a decade no politician been bumped off!!!

    BuffaloaCitizen Wednesday, 13 October 2021 09:06 AM

    Admitting that "not able to fulfill fully the aspirations of 6.9 million" itself means a failure in promises and duties.

    Kikazaru Wednesday, 13 October 2021 09:11 AM

    Ah! We say he has failed miserably, not just failed. This government can not even control the price of essential food items and also the dollar.

    sumana Wednesday, 13 October 2021 09:16 AM

    yes very true, all he said was " api thamai ondata kare"

    Lumbini Wednesday, 13 October 2021 09:55 AM

    No need to say. Just look around.

    Damian Wednesday, 13 October 2021 10:02 AM

    Have an election you'll see for yourself fail or pass

    navin Wednesday, 13 October 2021 01:59 PM

    Sar fail nedhe?


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