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* President strongly opposes the idea of a national government
Mon, Feb 4, 2019, 12:53 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Feb 04, Colombo: Sri Lanka's President Maithripala Sirisena today (04) declared that he strongly opposes the idea of the proposed national government.

Addressing the nation at the 71st National Independence Day celebrations in Colombo today the President said the proposed national government is simply an attempt to increase the number of cabinet ministers and provide privileges to the ministers at the people's expense. Calling the move unethical the President said the people's wish is to limit the Cabinet to 25 ministers.

President Sirisena stressed that the present administration should focus on serving the general public.

Speaking further, the President said as political leaders they were unable to bring about economic development, and the people are not ready for slow economic growth. He said the national government did not fulfill the people's expectations.

"The government that was elected did not fulfill people's expectations. Debt burden, unemployment have increased. The problems are getting worse," the President said.

"Education should be adapted to the 21st century for economic growth. We need to implement new economic concepts. Asia is ahead in economic growth in the 21st century. We need to take advantage of that, "he said.

The Independence Day celebrations got underway at the Galle Face Green this morning under the patronage of President Maithripala Sirisena and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe. President of the Maldives Ibrahim Mohammed Solih attended the celebrations as a special guest.


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