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* Sri Lanka President asks everyone to come together to build the country
Sat, Apr 10, 2010, 08:45 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Apr 10, Colombo: Sri Lanka President Mahinda Rajapaksa said he is humbled by the continuing support his government receives from the people and the confidence placed in his policies.

"We are humbled by the size of the repeated mandates given by the people and pledge to respond, in full measure, to the trust placed in us," the President said commenting on the on the results of the parliamentary elections held on April 8.

"This is the triumph of Democracy. It is a clear restatement of the confidence the people placed in me, the Mahinda Chinthana and the UPFA at the recent Presidential Election," the President was quoted by the Government Information Department.

The ruling party won 117 seats of the 225-member parliament and secured its power in the new parliament which is to be convened on April 22. The results however, are not yet complete as re-polling is scheduled for two polling divisions.

President Rajapaksa noted that the assured majority in parliament given by the voters encourages the government to proceed with its policies for the strengthening of peace and reconciliation, reconstruction, greater infrastructure development, increased investment in identified areas of growth, and the overall development of the country to make it the centre of economic and social progress in South Asia.

"These results, coming after the successful elections to Provincial Councils and the Presidential Election, are proof that democracy is fully in place in Sri Lanka and the commitment of our people to the democratic process," he said.

The President urged the people to celebrate the victory peacefully and come together to build the country.

"It is now the time for peaceful celebration by those who have contributed to this victory; and the acceptance of the verdict of the ballot by those who have lost. It is also the time for all who place their trust in democracy to come together to build a new era of prosperity for Sri Lanka," the President had said.

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