“We must get together not only to celebrate the victory achieved in unity, we must also overcome the hurdles in the future,” the Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe said today.
Issuing a special statement on the vision and the precedence of creating unity, the Premier said the manner in which challenges and obstacles were successfully faced by the good governance government is satisfactory but government has a long way to go to complete its journey.
The Premier said on 21 November 2014 he joined the President Maithripala Sirisena in the good governance campaign in response to the people’s call to free the country from the grips of a corrupt brotherhood.
“Our promise was to bring the country to a correct path and to upgrade the image of Sri Lanka as a proud and independent member of the international community,” he said.
The Prime Minister highlighting the achievements of the unity government, said within three years of securing victory, the government enacting the 17the Amendment to the Constitution established the Constitutional Council and independent commissions expanded the judiciary, police and gave the public the freedom to take decisions without being subjected to political pressure.
The special statement noted that for the first time in history Sri Lanka Police has the power to investigate complex financial crimes and produce the perpetrators before courts.
He said the government enacted laws to affirm the right of people to information and enacted laws to provide assistance and protection to the victims of crimes and witnesses of crimes.
The Premier said although the government and the people achieved many victories, much more need to be done to heal the country from the wounds inflicted by the white van terror culture in the past decade.
“We have pledged to build the Sri Lankan economy and to eliminate the violence carried out with the patronage of the government and to safeguard the independence and respect of our laws and the criminal justice system. Although we still have much to go to succeed, we are very pleased that so far we successfully faced the obstacles and challenges,” he said.
I thank all those who placed trust on us and on President Maithripala Sirisena on January 8, 2015. We are still committed to the absolute determination and vision that united us three years ago. We should get together not only in celebrating what we have achieved but also to overcome obstacle that lay before us when delivering what we promised to the people, he said in the special statement.