• Let true democracy prevail by giving the people the mandate to decide!

    Late on Friday night (Nov. 9), President Maithripala Sirisena, dissolved Parliament after weeks of political turmoil which was created unnecessarily by the United National Party, after its leader, Hon. Ranil Wickremesinghe failed to live up to the aspirations of the people and lost the trust and confidence of many Parliamentarians and an entire nation.

    Within the past 3 years, under the leadership of the former Prime Minister, Sri Lanka has only gone backwards. Unemployment is soaring high, FDIs are almost nil and no investor is looking at investing in this country.
    The economy is almost on the brink of collapse, people are suffering financially, the cost of living has sky rocketed, and all this while UNP Ministers were benefiting from back door deals.

    Even the Bond Scam, which was the biggest financial fraud recorded in our country’s history was swept away under the carpet with the former Central Bank Governor, Arjuna Mahendran, who is a close friend of Hon. Wickremesinghe, able to comfortably leave the country and reside in Singapore.

    A serious assassination plot on the President was also ignored by Hon. Wickremesinghe and his party. It had come to a point where the President’s life was at threat and the government just did not care.

    Calls for the provincial council elections fell to deaf ears as the UNP did not want to face an election after their humiliating defeat at the February Local Council polls. They knew they would only face another humiliating defeat and ignored the opposition’s repeated calls for holding the provincial polls. For the UNP, democracy just did not exist at the time.

    Today, as a nation we have risen. President Sirisena, as the Head of State, who saw the country falling into crisis, decided to act. He knew former Prime Minister Wickremesinghe would only plunge the country into further disaster. The President did what was the best for all Sri Lankans, and constitutionally appointed Hon. Mahinda Rajapakse as the new Prime Minister, to work for the nation after the United People’s Freedom Alliance quit the national government.

    For two weeks, the UNP have made a ruckus, crying for democracy, now that they have been exposed.
    Keeping in mind, that the ‘People are Supreme’, President Sirisena, under Article 33 (2) (c) of the Constitution together with the powers given in Article 70 (3), dissolved Parliament.
    Article 70 (1) of the Constitution contains a specific provision that Parliament cannot be dissolved until the expiration of 4 1/2 years. However, it can be argued that this ONLY applies in a scenario where Parliament has NOT been prorogued.
    There are further Clauses in the Constitution which support the President’s decision to dissolve Parliament.

    According to the Special Gazette signed by President on Friday night, General Elections will be held on Jan. 5, 2019. The UNP says it will challenge this in Supreme Court. They by all means can. Infact we had told them to challenge the former Prime Minister Wickremesinghe’s sacking in the Supreme Court too. But they failed to do it, and now trying to create further political instability by crying foul.

    However it is now time, we stand as a nation and let You – The People – decide Sri Lanka’s future. And that will be possible through your vote on Jan. 5.

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