Maithripala Sirisena sworn-in as new President, Ranil new Prime Minister
After his overwhelming victory at the yesterday’s elections, President-elect Maithripala Sirisena commenced his first term in office after taking oaths amid the blessings from the religious leaders of all faiths, this afternoon.
President Sirisena was sworn-in as the 7th Executive President before Justice K. Sripavan during a ceremony held at the Independence Square.
Subsequently, leader of the United National Party (UNP) Ranil Wickramasinghe sworn-in as Prime Minister before President Maithripala Sirisena.
Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa who was seeking a third term in his office faced a defeat with President Sirisena polling in a majority of 51 percent at the 2015 Presidential election. Maithripala’s New Democratic Front (NDF) has secured a significant victory in 12 out of 22 electoral districts after polling in 51.28 percent (6,217,162) of votes, while President Rajapaksa from the United People’s Freedom Alliance (UPFA) polled 47.58 percent (5,768,090).
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There begins another era laced with promises of good governance and liberal democracy.
Only time will tell of what transpires.
In my opinion, the Nation is in for troubled times, conspiracies, loss of expectations, disappointment and perhaps, regret.
But the human spirit will survive and the quest for the used tea bag for survival tomorrow, will not only continue but intensify.
May the Triple Gem bless our land.
The presence of Malik Samarawickrema, the master manipulator, ex-UNP Chairman, right-hand of the new PM, in the second row background of the photo, is a sign of the times.
My dear citizens, we are in for troubled times, so tighten your “amude”s.
What u guys talking? u guys just got up of a bad dream?
We were anyway in trouble with huge debt that developed our country with 1.8 Billion/km highways & airplane-less airports + Mihinair. Even with forecast-ed budgeting, overrunning it or compensating the ppl who lost lands would a highway not cost that much. Are we donkey not to understand that?
So Malik is the new culprit but Gota, Basil and ethanol man and kudu mans la all are good ppl?? 🙂
My dear citizens, we are indeed in troubled times, so lets hope the best for a trouble free future now. If u always moan over a defeated president and take every action of new president as useless, ur never gonna see the light.