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CEYLON TODAY | Published: 2:00 AM Aug 10 2020

In a spiritual atmosphere at the historic Kelaniya Raja Maha Viharaya Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP) Leader Mahinda Rajapaksa was sworn in as 13th Prime Minister of Sri Lanka before President Gotabaya Rajapaksa and the event was significant in many ways as Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa took his oaths before his younger brother President Gotabaya Rajapaksa to become the Prime Minister of Sri Lanka for the fourth time.

Beginning his political career at a very young age having been elected to Parliament in 1970 Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa has successfully completed five decades in politics holding various key Cabinet positions and twice serving as President from 2005 to 2015. 

By forming the SLPP in 2019 and making the party victorious at the last year’s Presidential Election and now at the Parliamentary Election within a short period Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa has proved himself truly a veteran and a good political strategist.

The confidence placed on Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa by the countrymen was evident with the highest number of votes of 527,364 he gained at the Parliamentary Polls from Kurunegala where he had contested at the General Election.

The Parliamentary polls this year were significant as the parties aligned with the SLPP from the Northern and Eastern Provinces have also performed well bringing down the seats of the Illankai Tamil Arasu Katchchi (ITAK) and the Sri Lanka Muslim Congress (SLMC) which had remained formidable parties with more seats in the previous Parliament. 

President Gotabaya Rajapaksa and Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa will go down in the history of Sri Lanka as remarkable leaders for the leadership they had given to the country towards crushing the ruthless separatists and safeguarding the sovereignty of the Island Nation in 2009.

From 2005 to 2009 Rajapaksa brothers as President and Defence Secretary had given a very meaningful leadership to the Armed Forces of the country towards totally annihilating one of the most dangerous terrorist outfits in the world, the LTTE.

So, now former Defence Secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa as President and his brother former President Mahinda Rajapaksa as Prime Minister have become legendry leaders working towards opening new vistas focusing on developing the country.

President Gotabaya Rajapaksa with the completion of nine months in his office has proved himself to be a good leader with the measures he adopted to curtail the threat posed by the COVID-19 pandemic in the country. 

As most of the leading countries still struggle hard to deal with the pandemic, President Rajapaksa’s leadership has not only handled the COVID-19 threat successfully, his guidance has even led Sri Lanka to become the third country in the world to hold the General Election after South Korea and Singapore amidst the threat of the pandemic. 

Therefore, now with the good strength in Parliament and with his veteran politician brother Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa, President Gotabaya Rajapaksa could work out the strategies to revive the country’s economy which is now in a bad shape due to COVID-19. 

Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa in the SLPP election manifesto had pointed out the importance of rebuilding the country’s economy which was earlier hampered due to the separatist war and now in the past nine months due to COVID-19 pandemic. 

In one of his speeches during the election campaign the Prime Minister emphasised on the need of intelligent, honest and dedicated representatives entering Parliament to take forward the country. 

So, now with the thumping victory Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa has gained through his SLPP party at the Parliamentary Election, he is in a comfortable position to choose the right people and put them to right positions in the Cabinet. 

With President Gotabaya Rajapaksa already proving himself a no-nonsense leader, the ball is now in the new Prime Minister’s court to play a supportive role towards making Sri Lanka a prosperous country. 

CEYLON TODAY | Published: 2:00 AM Aug 10 2020

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