May 08, 2018

Won’t retire in 2020 - President

Sri Lanka President Maithripala Sirisena says he will not retire from politics in 2020 as there is more work to be done for the country.

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

The President made this statement at the May Day rally of the Sri Lanka Freedom Party held at Mawadiwembu Ground, Chenkaladi in Batticaloa today.

Addressing the rally, President Sirisena said certain individuals have inquired if he is retiring in 2020 and some social media sites have also noted on his retirement in 2020.

Rejecting the media reports, the President said that he would not retire in 2020 and there is a great deal of work to be done for the country.

Expressing his views the President said that the SLFP will introduce a new political process to build the country and with the new reforms to be taken place in the party, the SLFP 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 program 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.

(Colombo Page)