President to continue in politics beyond 2020

May 08, 2018 (LBO) – Sri Lanka’s President Maithripala Sirisena says that he will not retire in 2020, instead of it he will continuously fulfill his respective duties towards the country through a new process.

The President said that he will use the experiences he gained through the past three years in this regard and further said that he will join with honest politicians who love the country and the people to achieve success in those programmes.

He made these remarks addressing the Sri Lanka Freedom Party May Day rally held at the  Mawadiwembu Ground,  Chenkaladi in Batticaloa, Sunday.

Expressing his views the President said that the SLFP will introduce a new political process to build the country and further said that with the new reforms to be take place in the party, the Party will turn into a fully people centric party while ensuring the democracy within the party.

The President also requested all the working people to join hands with the new process of the party.

President Sirisena said that some are dreaming to get the power without a people centric programme, and he questioned how many honest people are there among them who did not steal from public or who did not involve in murder cases.

The SLFP has a proper system to understand the conscience of the innocent people in this country, to build national reconciliation in this country as well as to preserve the religion and culture of this country to provide better country for our future generation.

The President expressing his views further said that working class and the trade unions can play a pivotal role in building the national reconciliation. As you know all of us faced a nearly three decade long brutal war and in that conflict irrespective of nationality the lives of Sinhalese, Tamil and Muslims were lost, leaders belong to every nationality died, he said.

May Day was chosen as the date for International Workers’ Day, at all times the rights and privileges of the working class were ensured by SLFP governments, he added.

Former Prime Minister D.M. Jayaratne, Senior Ministers and MPs including Minister Nimal Siripala de Silva, SLFP General Secretary Minister Duminda Dissanayake, UPFA General Secretary Minister Mahinda Amaraweera and others participated in this public meeting.