President Maithripala Sirisena stated that nobody should be confused about him seeking the opinion of the Supreme Court regarding the actual term of office, and will accept any decision of Supreme Court with respect in accordance with democracy, and ready to relinquish presidency even today not tomorrow.
The President stated this addressing a public rally at Akuressa, on January 12.
As stated, the President has sought the opinion of the Supreme Court regarding the actual term of Presidency after the enactment of the 19th Amendment to the Constitution only in order to dispel the confusion of two different views expressed in different circles and there is no concern about the duration of his term.
As the President, I consider my term of presidency is not permanent and my dream is the uplifting the motherland to the heights of greatness, accompanied by harmony and reconciliation, he said and added that it will always be his devoted mission with or without the Presidency.
This, the first rally organized in Mathara district, in Akuressa, was organized to ensure the victory of Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) led by United People’s Freedom Alliance (UPFA) candidates contesting in the forthcoming provincial election, with the presence of President and with the participation of a large crowd.
Furthermore, the President stated that he will make Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) strong to go on a people friendly journey accompanied by the philosophy and manifesto of the party.
The President stated that he will guide Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) to form a government through better local govt institutes and Pradesheeya Saba, and as the leader of the party, the President will not remain in position permanently and the future chair of the party will be the present young representatives as President never wants to give that opportunity to his children.
Further, the President, ignoring personal propaganda, assured his dedication on people friendly political carrier.
The President expressed his opinion on the debate in removing the Army Camps from North and stated that Army Camps are not necessary in a land of free and mentioned that 6 acre land where Army Head Quarters was based, was given by a deed to Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts by the previous government.
Many prominent activists of the UNP, Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna and Nidahas Peramuna (National Freedom Front) joined the SLFP assuring their fullest support for the programme carried out by the President.
Maha Sangha, Ministers Susil Premajayantha and Chandhima Weerakkody, State Minister Lakshman Yapa Abeywardhana, Shan Wijayalal De Silva the Chief Minister of Southern Province, Former Chief Minister, H. G. Sirisena, Provincial Minister, Chandhima Rasaputha, Hemal Gunasekara and others were present at this event.