Mahinda says no to early Presidential election

Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa says there is no need for an early Presidential election but a Parliamentary election.

Rajapaksa said that the United National Party (UNP) has been evasively saying that there should be a Presidential election instead of a general election.

“The problem is in the Parliament. Hence there is no need to hold a presidential election at this stage,” he said.

Rajapaksa said that in his speech in Parliament on the 15th of November, he proposed to all political parties to agree to hold a general election to enable the people to exercise their sovereign right to elect a Government of their choice.

“What we did on the 26th of October was to form an interim Government that would have lasted only until the conclusion of the general election that has already been declared, but temporarily put on hold by the courts. We never had any intention of running an administration through the government that has been formed at present,” he said.

Rajapaksa said the UNP will continue to engage in disruptive activities until the Supreme Court decides whether anyone’s fundamental rights had been infringed by the declaration of a general election.

“In 2006, after the war with the LTTE resumed, the people of this country, the trade unions, consumers, professionals, businessmen and all sections of the population made it a point to refrain from doing anything that would disrupt the war effort. It is because of that public support that we were able to end the war that no one else was able to bring to an end,” he said.

Rajapaksa requested the people to extend their support to him as they did during the war, in order to get the country out of the economic crisis it is now in.

He warned that this is the last opportunity Sri Lanka has and of the effort fails, the country will end up like Greece. (Colombo Gazette)

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