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Dec 30, 2016

Maithri has powers, strength to change govt.- SB Featured

Ex-president Mahinda Rajapaksa’s statement that he would topple the government next year will not be a reality, says minister S.B. Dissanayake, noting that it is the incumbent Maithripala Sirisena who has the power and the strength to decide a continuation or an overthrowing of the present regime.

In an interview with BBC Sandeshaya, Dissanayake was responding to a remark Rajapaksa made to foreign journalists in Colombo yesterday (29).

The minister went onto say that he admitted the government was treading on a difficult path, and that a government of this nature had to be formed due to the fault of the former president.

The government is existing despite the differences between the UNP and the SLFP, he said adding that Rajapaksa did not listen to their requests to name his elder brother Chamal as the prime ministerial candidate and allow president Maithripala Sirisena to lead the campaign for the general election.

Had their request been granted, a SLFP government with around 120 seat could have been formed, according to Dissanayake.

He added that president Sirisena’s having formed a UNP-SLFP coalition government saved the country from the disaster perpetrated both locally and internationally during the Rajapaksa regime.

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