I will take oaths as new Prime Minister of Sri Lanka with President’s support: Ranil

Aug 19, 2015 (LBO) – The UNP leader and former Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe said he is to take oaths as the new Prime Minister of Sri Lanka and has discussed with the President the way forward.

According to sources the oath taking ceremony will be held tomorrow at the Presidential Secretariat.

“On August 17th the people of this country, exercising their franchise in the Parliamentary election, confirmed the January 8th revolution and the good governance that we started,” Wickremesinghe told reporters at Temple Trees.

“We’ll carry this forward as I’ll take oaths as Prime Minister and I have discussed with the President Maithripala Sirisena, the need to take this country forward where we all build a consensus on our national policy,” he said.

“We got a mandate to put before Parliament our plan for that we could arrive at a consensus and build a national framework through within which we’ll do our politics.” Wickremesinghe said.

Wickremesinghe said their new approach the ‘Licchavi’ approach required all parties to work together either in the government holding ministerial positions or in Parliament through oversight committees.

“We’ll also be having district development coordination boards headed by MPs to carry out the decentralized development and finally the body which will have civil society without politicians, the ‘Grama Rajya’ committee which will cluster the villages as well as the advisory council which will consist of civil societies,”

“We can achieve unity and progress in this country if we work together even for two to three years for the sake of the people.” Wickremesinghe said.

He further stated that they will not allow anyone to go back to divisive politics.

“I don’t think anyone can opt out.”