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People have accepted President’s policies - GL

The people gave a resounding election verdict in favour of President Mahinda Rajapaksa. All allegations by the Opposition campaign were completely false and were intended to sully the image of the country. It was an attempt to detract from the victory of the President, Export Development and International Trade Minister Prof. G.L. Peiris said yesterday.

Addressing the UPFA press conference at the Mahaweli Centre yesterday, he said victory achieved by the President was not an easy one.

The people had clearly accepted President Mahinda Rajapaksa’s policies and it was not just one percent or one and a half percent but a clear and explicit mandate of over 57 percent of the vote, the Minister said.

There was a clear attempt to create turbulence and mar the purity of elections. Rumour mongering was used to divide and damage the country and now it’s time to put a stop to all this. All parties must join and go forward to achieve rapid development of the country, the minister said.

Human Rights and Disaster Management Minister Mahinda Samarasinghe said it was a cheap political gimmick to claim that defeated candidate Sarath Fonseka was being held at a hotel in Colombo.

He is free to go anywhere he wishes, he said.

Answering questions from foreign media persons, the minister said there was a clear procedure of holding elections and announcing results by the Commissioner who was an independent entity.

“This is not a Banana Republic and we respect the rule of law. Certain foreign media had been carrying on false propaganda against the country especially after the defeat of the LTTE terrorists. No one was being held in the hotel where the defeated candidate Fonseka was occupying some floors.

The hotel was in a high security zone in front of the Air Force Headquarters. Some nine deserters from the Armed Forces who had been working for Fonseka were arrested by the Security Forces opposite the hotel but no members of the forces moved into the hotel,” he said.

JNP leader Wimal Weerawansa said Sarath Fonseka could not even poll the votes that UNP leader Ranil Wickremesinghe polled.

He was a defeated candidate and he should now understand that he was an ordinary citizen of the country and should work for the benefit of the country. He should not try to devalue the ballot, Weerawansa said.

However Fonseka was a political baby who was brought in as a substitute for UNP leader Ranil Wickremesinghe.

However he was a person who deserved to be honoured as a national hero and he should accept the verdict of the people, he noted.

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