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Foreign powers condemned for meddling with affairs of SL ‘Voice of Intellectuals and Professionals’ backs Prez, PM

(Courtesy of The Island)

The Voice of Intellectuals and Professionals yesterday said that the appointment Mahinda Rajapaksa as the new Prime Minister was constitutional and even if former Prime Minister Ranil Wickreminghe was able to muster a majority when Parliament was reconvened the action taken by President Maithripala Sirisena was valid Addressing a news conference organised by Voice of Intellectuals and Professionals in Colombo, Neville Ladduwahetty said the numbers would only come into play when there was an issue of a financial bill, a issue on the budget and a no-confidence motion.

President Sirisena had, as the President of the country in this instance, exercised people’s sovereignty in appointing Rajapaksa as the Prime Minister, he added.

Political activist Anuradha Yahampath said that certain elements with vested interests and hidden agendas had interpreted the present political crisis in the country as a constitutional coup, but it was only a political crisis arising out of serious disagreement of policy matters between partners of the former unity government.

Yahampath said President Sirisena had been compelled to appoint Mahinda Rajapaksa PM in view of the economic crisis for which former PM Wickremesinghe and his ministers were responsible.

The divestiture of national assets had been on the increase during the last three years, she said.

“There is irrefutable evidence of a plot to assassinate the President and former Defence Secretary and it was nothing but fair for the President to remove Wickremesinghe, Yahampath said.

Former Navy Chief of Staff Rear Admiral Sarath Weerasekara said the foreign missions in Sri Lanka were making an attempt to take matters of a sovereign nation into their hands and EU representative and the British High Commissioner visiting Temple Trees to meet ousted Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe was a violation of diplomatic protocol.

Weeerasekara recalled the statement made by then US Secretary of State John Kerry when Ranil Wickremesinghe became the Prime Minister after the January 8, 2015 Presidential election “The result is out and we are a part of the victory”.

Weerasekera condemned the way Wickremesinghe government had treated the security forces personnel who had saved the people of all communities from terrorism.

Former Diplomat Tamara Kunanayakam denounced the blatant manner in which the western media portrayed the current political crisis in the country.

She said the western media had said there was a ‘blood bath’ in the country following the killing of a person at the Ceylon Petroleum Corporation Head Office, but what they didn’t say was the person responsible for the killing was a security guard of a former Minister of Ranil Wickremesinghe’s government.

The western media had failed to highlight the fact Ranil Wickremesinghe was behind the bond scams and the postponing of local government elections in Sri Lanka against the will of the people.

Prof. Kshanika Hirimburegama said, “The people are now happy with the new government and a long-felt need has been fulfilled”.

Prof. Lalithasiri Gunaruwan condemned the interference in Sri Lankan affairs by foreign countries. “We don’t try to interfere in their affairs whatever wrongs are committed there and we should be left alone to manage our own affairs.”

By Harischandra Gunaratna

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