‘PRESIDENT WILL EFFECT CHANGES IF NECESSARY’

President Maithripala Sirisena will effect whatever changes he deems necessary and appropriate to fulfill the pledges made to the people in his election manifesto, Public Enterprise Development State Minister Lakshman Yapa Abeywardane said.

He was responding to a question by a journalist with regard to a possibility of a cabinet reshuffle at a media conference held at the SLFP Headquarters yesterday.

Yapa Abeywardane said that for the first time in history, President Maithripala Sirisena leads a coalition government of two main political parties.”As far as economic policies are considered, the UNP is capitalist and the SLFP, a socialist political party. So the President had to consider both policies before taking some decisions,”he said.

“But now he has decided to take over the economy in order to take swift decisions which will be beneficial to the country.” he added.

The State Minister extended an invitation to the people to join hands with the President to fight against corruption. People can do it in a democratic manner by casting their votes for the SLFP at the upcoming local government election, he said.

“The President has practically proved his willingness to create a corruption free country by taking strong action towards fighting corruption. For the first time in history, two reports of the Bond Commission and the Commission of Inquiry appointed to investigate into serious acts of fraud and corruption have been presented in Parliament,” the State Minister said. 

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