President strengthened UPFA - Minister
The strengthening of the UPFA under the leadership of President
Mahinda Rajapaksa is a politically significant feature, states Petroleum
Industries Minister and UPFA General Secretary Susil Premajayantha in a
congratulatory message issued on behalf of the UPFA to the President to
mark his birthday and inauguration to the second term of office.
The message said as Prime Minister of the 2004 UPFA Government
President Rajapaksa rendered a colossal service to the people during the
He used everything within his means to safeguard the UPFA Government
when the JVP group left it in an effort to destabilise it.
When he contested the 2005 Presidential election as the Presidential
candidate he was able to bring many other small parties together under
the UPFA umbrella.
After assuming the Presidential election he was appointed President
of the UPFA as well.
It was his leadership and human qualities which enabled him to bring
together many other small parties to the UPFA at subsequent Provincial
and Local Government elections as well. The UPFA won a convincing
victory at the 2010 General Election due to the confidence placed in him
by the people.
It was under his leadership that a single party could obtain a two
third majority in Parliament after the introduction of the Executive
Today nearly 30 political parties are supporting the UPFA and many
others have agreed to form it in future to support the accelerated
national development effort.
Various political forces and political parties representing all
communities too have flocked round the UPFA due to his astute and