I will not contest for a second time- the President
Newly elected President Maithripala Sirisena says he will not contest for another term. Addressing the nation soon after being sworn in as the sixth President of Sri Lanka Maithripla Sirisena vouched he has no intention to run for a Presidential Election for the second time at the end of his first term.
While thanking people of the country for electing him, President Sirisena reiterated his commitment to bring social, economic and political reforms to the country as pledged by his 100-day programme.
Stressing the need of having free media in the country, he also promised to bring in an ethical culture to state media.
President Sirisena extended special thanks to Election Commissioner and his staff for holding a free and fair election, UNP for assisting the process of selecting him as the common candidate, JHU and JVP for the special role they played in the election process and former President Chandrika Kumaratunga for her role.
He also praised and thanked former President Mahinda Rajapaksa for steps taken to ensure smooth transfer of powers.
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The man in the shiny shirt is looking over you, Mr Sirisena, watch out, he and his goons are measuring every word you say and every deed t you do.
This is the issue Mr Sirisena, when you are not your own man (like MR) and when you allow yourself to be driven by US$, you become destined to the rubbish heap of history.
So Mr Sirisena, wish you well but watch out.
Here he has started with hilarious talk…. He never can win his own and he won with unp ticket under their terms by turning himself against his former friend being ungrateful fellow to hand over power to the lost party. That is a democratic cheating to get power of country into the hands of who can’t win by elections. He only became a paw by presenting behalf of them. By doing so, he earned bad man’s reputation internationally, as “the friend turned foe”. Now he seems going to be popular by saying that he will not come again & implying as it is his good manner, what a joke? NOW…. The voters who voted YOU don’t want to know that whether you come again or not. Just do what YOU promised to DO. Also we we don’t want to know how much spent for it. Otherwise you will have to face the same as your former good friend. Let see 99 days left….
Your excellency, forget contesting after 5 years,If you do tomorrow, are you confident enough you can repeat the marvel happened you just 48 hours ago?
Well, you cannot win next time. It is good that you know it already and make a cunning statement to cover the truth.
What betrayal u did to MR will be done to you by Rajitha. He already has started false properganda and terrible lies against MR just to get attention. What a joke. Is this the start of the so called maithriya?
2 days of the 100 days are gone; nothing done.
Perhaps haggling over Cabinet.
By the way, the UPFA cabinet is still in place; only Dilan Perera has resigned. Also UPFA Prime Minister still in office.
These guys are confused and are likely to be defeated when Parliament convenes next.
Hilarious how you guys think..
In 2005, when Mr. Rajapakse was elected, he was a fresh president. And he needed an alliance to defeat Mr.Ranil. Mr.Sirisena did the same, didn’t he?
Now u guys may say new president was elected with Tamil & Muslim votes. But that’s only 12%, u remove that portion, still with Sinhalese votes, he’s won. Only 12% gave him a majority. Otherwise both would’ve been below 50% mark.
Then again should we go for racist comments and forget that north is a part of SL? Dont they have voting rights? This is a country with equal rights as I remember. So I consider all live in SL as Sri Lankans not with their ethnicity.
Mr. Rajapakse never promised to end the war but he over-delivered. Are We not thankful to him for that? So we elected him again. Just for that. But what had he done? In the name of development, he, his brothers and other corrupted politicos, robbed millions. Yet ppl gave him a 47%, just for the war victory and post war development. They didn’t ever think that we’re heavily in debt and they’re the ones who will repay this.
Let me ask you, if your brother is a criminal pending arrest for a robbery, and if he’s hiding from police evading arrest, as a responsible civilized citizen of SL, what would you do?
Find a safe place for him to hide or bring him to police then plea with them for a pardon or a reduced sentence as he is your brother.
If you do the former, don’t talk about political cheating. If you do the latter, that’s what Mr. Sirisena did. He actually left the party surprising then President.
2 days gone and nothing done.. Hmmm.. Has anything significant been done in SL in 100 days even? Mr. Rajapakse said, he would abolish the executive presidency but never did in his 9 years.
U need to give new ppl some time. Sworn in was on Friday. Today is Sunday.. Dont they have a life?
If something happens tomorrow or day after like announcement of Fuel price reduction, that’s also something know?
Stay out of party politics.. This change was a need for the country. This change is a lesson for any upcoming rulers that if they do stupid, ppl will not appoint them again. Mr. Rajapakse was a great leader. No doubts. But he forgot the power of common man at a later stage. He forgot that a person cant fool all ppl all the time.
Wimal,…. There’s no debate in MR’s weaknesses at all and that’s why he fell down too. It’s common sense that there’s no one perfect in common folk. Even the king Kosala bribed by misbelievers against Buddha even in Buddha’s time. As you say MR didn’t give promises to become president too. But sirisena promised things to obtain it, so he must do as he said within his own given timing. Because no one asked him to do it with same timing, but he said for his own advantage. Also we should mind that MR’s life has threatened internationally as a unique war conducted president you know? Also he was continually carefull about if the separatism arises next in diplomatic shape. So not abolishing presidency is justified in his term. Because he didn’t expect the war victory and will end up threatening him. Then what’s your heart to compare him with a criminal man? There was no one who can call as a Leader except MR since the independence of srilanka. He released the every srilankan from the heavy sorrow ever faced in recent history. Don’t undermine that being ungrateful & fickle minded.
Amden, I dont argue over freeing everyone with war victory. We’re truly grateful for that. So I’m not ungrateful either. However, a second term has been given for that greatness. Do not talk like u have never known the corruption done in this era. Its not about being perfect. Can anybody for that matter? But being able to uplift SL citizens lives is a must. MR did that despite a war, but all gibberish began post war…
And we have always said that we are free but seeing what has happened in the recent past I have to question, are we truly free? Do u remember Rathupaswala Incident? Remember Saruwa Sunil, Remember Kuram Shaik and his gang raped Girlfriend? remember uneducated ministers like Mervin & his son’s thugery? Remember Mutuhetti freeing criminals?
So above were some incidents took place in MR’s era, a man we respected most for ended civil war in SL. If there was no law and order of our war free country, are we really free?
Yes, Sirisena promised several things in 100 days. U may call its done for his advantage, well u may be correct too but I call it strategy. And I believe its feasible too. U believed at a latter stage when MR said he could defeat Prabha right? So did I.. And for this 100 days matter, I too believe Sirisena would deliver it.. So lets see..
The sole purpose of bringing the example of criminal was to highlight the corruption, I didnt intend to put MR in a criminal’s place. However he should’ve had common sense not to surround himself with criminals. What they brought him was only shame for his name. Basil fled to US.. dont know what happened to Gota.. And what we hear of a return of MR to clash the 100 days plan is also not worthy for a great man who has done so much for this country. If he was truly a person who wants to uplift SL’s image he should not even try jeopardizing the worthy plans of new president. We see videos of him throwing speeches and its upto the viewers to decide whether those arouse “Jaathiwade” or not.