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Sri Lanka: Sirisena Says He Defeated ‘Wrong System’


“Though some people are accusing me stating that I created a government together with the UNP by defeating the SLFP, what I did was to defeat the system which is not suitable to the country by bring in a new system,” said Sri Lanka’s President Maithripala Sirisena.

According to Sirisena, “It was the former President Mahinda Rajapaksa who came to agreements with the UNP, much before I established a unity government together with the UNP.”

Sirisena made the comments while speaking at the 60th anniversary of the people’s victory of 1956 of the SLFP was held April 8 at the BMICH.

Sirisena said that when the agreement between the former president and the UNP was not successful, Mr. Mahinda Rajapaksa built a government by taking 27 UNP leaders to the government, giving them ministries.

“It was not ethical in my political philosophy. Therefore, I am taking the country forward by connecting the main political parties together while protecting the agreement signed as the SLFP in November in 2014,” Sirisena said.

“As the politicians belong to the 1956 era, we give the prominence to the country and the people. I will be committed to protect the SLFP by strengthening it according to the philosophy of Sir S. W. R. D. Bandaranaike,” Sirisena said.

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2 thoughts on “Sri Lanka: Sirisena Says He Defeated ‘Wrong System’

  • April 11, 2016 at 4:22 pm

    When did the late Solaman West Ridgeway Dias Bandaranayae became Sir !! Who gave him it !!

  • April 21, 2016 at 8:52 am

    I thought the point of bringing in a new system was to end the era that began in 1956. The populist style of governance that was ushered in by the SLFP in 1956 is the main reason that this country hasn’t and isn’t moving forward. Governments in developing counties need to be prepared to make tough decisions. Their focus needs to be prosperity in the longer term. Even if that means short term pain for the people. Like his predecessors, Sirisena has shown a tendency to back track in the face of public opinion.


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