President Maithripala Sirisena in a suddenly arranged briefing to media at the Presidential Secretariat this evening said that he will be fully impartial at the upcoming election on August 17 and is ready to continue with the winning team to keep the promises which he made at the presidential election.
He said he was not happy and expressed his aggression over the giving of nominations to former President Mahinda Rajapaksa to contest the elections and make him the Prime Ministerial candidate. He said that there are enough matured seniors in the Sri Lanka Freedom Party to give the premiership. He also added that even President Rajapaksa failed in giving the opportunities foe suitable persons when he was in the power.
He said that he would continue to give leadership to the change ushered in on January 8 with the newly elected members after the next General election. He gave the signal to the United People’s Freedom Alliance (UPFA) that he will not only be playing a major role at the campaign and not also be appointing the former President as the Prime Minister if the UPFA wins.
He also said that he accepted the leadership of the party only because of the people of the country and otherwise, the promises given at the presidential election won’t be realized. “The 19th Amendment to the Constitution and a lot of other benefits received during the first 100 days of the last government will never take place, unless I took over the party”, he said.
He said that he is fully independent had no agreements with any party, organizations or individuals. “Even at the presidential election, I had only two agreements. One was the document to contest as the common opposition candidate and other was to appoint Ranil Wickremesinghe as the Prime Minister. That is all”