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* Will continue as the Prime Minister taking forward January 8 Mandate - PM
Fri, Feb 16, 2018, 06:38 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Feb 16, Colombo: Sri Lanka's Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe said that he will continue to hold the Premiership according to the Constitution and the current government would continue.

Speaking to media at Temple Trees this afternoon, the Premier said the January 8th mandate given by the people will be taken forward.

"We want to carry the January 8th mandate forward," he said.

He said the government accepted the verdict given by the people at the Local Government Election as a warning conveyed by voters.

The Premier said the election result was a big setback for the government parties and corrective measures will be taken accordingly.

"It was a big setback for us and for the government parties but we are trying to correct it... There were many reasons, Economic reasons played an important role... We like to go ahead with our programs, correct the mistakes, correct some of our programs, change our way in some instances. We are now looking inwards as to what we have done, what we should have done."

The Premier said they are looking at new programs within the government and reshuffling some of the ministries

The Premier said his party, the United National Party (UNP) also suffered a setback and not satisfied with the result. The party will be restructured to build a strong new leadership group who would handle the party's affairs.

The Prime Minister said as far as the government is concerned it continues and he has held discussions with the President Maithripala Sirisena. He said another round of discussion will be held with the President next week, to carry forward the government's agenda.

The Prime Minister's media statement came amid the attempts by the Sri Lanka Freedom Party and the United People's Freedom Alliance (UPFA) seeking support of the Joint Opposition to form a new government with Minister Nimal Siripala De Silva as the Prime Minister.


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