Sri Lankan President Gotabaya Rajapaksa has emphasized the need for identifying the reasons for rejection of Mahinda Rajapaksa government in 2015 in order to move forward.
Addressing local councillors at his office in Colombo, the President said, they should understand the reasons that led the people to reject the government otherwise they will not be able to move forward with their victory.
The President noted that in 2015, people defeated the existing government while the country was on the path of development and the economy was strong. He said the foreign investors’ confidence the country had before 2015 should be restored.
The President stressed that the public service should always be free from corruption. He also stressed that the 19th amendment has been a major obstacle to state governance. He called for the need for a strong Parliament to remove the legislation terming it a key factor to fulfilling the aspirations of the people.
The amendment brought by previous government has curtailed the powers of the President while empowering Parliament and independent commissions.
The President emphasized that it is the responsibility of the people’s representatives to act in accordance with the aspirations of the people and commit to build a country that fulfils the people’s expectations.