Sri Lanka’s new Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa, on Monday, assured that his interim Government will protect the human rights of all citizens, protect the independence of the judiciary and establish law and order in the country.
He invited the people of all communities and religions – Sinhalese, Tamils, Muslims, Buddhists, Hindus, Christians and the followers of Islam to support him.
He said in a statement that the coalition Government came to an end as the result of the party led by the President leaving the coalition. The responsibility of appointing a new government then fell on the President.
“I was invited to accept the position of Prime Minister with a view to forming a new government. Today, our country is in a state of uncertainty. Details of a plot to assassinate the President and the former Defence Secretary have come to light. Those involved in this conspiracy are being exposed by their own actions. A wave of crime has hit the country and the criminal underworld is on the rise,” he said.
Rajapaksa also said that the economy of the country is deteriorating by the day and the value of the Rupee has fallen alarmingly.
“I was aware that at this moment of national peril, the people expected our leadership and protection. Hence, I accepted the invitation extended to me by the President to assume the position of Prime Minister. We will eschew the politics of hate and set up an interim government that will protect the human rights of all citizens, that will protect the independence of the judiciary and establish law and order in the country. I invite all political parties represented in Parliament to join us in this endeavour. I also invite the people of all communities and religions – Sinhalese, Tamils, Muslims, Buddhists, Hindus, Christians and the followers of Islam to participate in this very necessary political exercise,” he added.
Sirisena sacked Ranil Wickremesinghe as Prime Minister on Friday and appointed Rajapaksa as the new Prime Minister and later prorogued Parliament till November 16th.