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    Foreign Minister claims this is the first genuine national government

    September 05, 2015

    Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera has declared that the Maithripala Sirisena-Wickremesinghe administration was the first genuine National Government in post-independence Sri Lanka.

    Issuing a special statement, he said, the so-called ‘National Governments’ of the past, were either, an exercise in ‘Power Politics’ based on political opportunism and self-interest, or a coalition of the unwilling put together through intimidation, bribery and blackmail.

     

    The Minister said that Opposition MPs were spirited away to the Government benches without the consent of the political parties they represented, leaving a trail of splintered political parties in the country weakening the very fabric of democracy.

     

    Parliament recognized and approved the National Government as proposed by the Prime Minister. Gone are the days when the numbers of Ministers were decided according to the whims and fancies of the executive. Parliament has consented and approved to increase the size of cabinet from the constitutionally stipulated 30.

     

    The reset in political culture was also demonstrated by the appointment of R. Sampanthan, as the Opposition Leader reflecting Sri Lanka’s commitment, resolve and determination to the reconciliation process and the establishment of a Sri Lanka where every citizen feels that they are free and equal. In the new Sri Lanka no one would be denied their rightful place in society due to race, religion, caste or gender.

     

    The National Government will ensure the formation and implementation of urgently needed national policies. In particular a new Constitution that will include a Bill of Rights will be adopted. It will not only take into account civil and political rights but economic, social and cultural rights as well. It will be a Constitution that addresses the requirements of all citizens and communities; one which will allow greater public participation in decision-making processes. These measures will enable more accountable and more responsible government in the country.

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