One Year since the revolution

One Year since the revolution

Written by Tharushan Fernando

21 Nov, 2015 | 3:10 pm

Exactly a year ago President Maithripala Sirisena took a historic decision to change the path of politics in our country and to establish a government of good governance and stepped forward as the Common Candidate.

The significant media briefing which resulted in a reform in the political journey in our country and thus led to a landmark victory of then common candidate, began at 3.10 pm on a day such as this last year.
The 8th of January revolution provided new life to the politcal course of Sri Lanka.

President Maithripala who contested the January Presidential Elections as the Common Candidate changed the course of Sri Lanka politics.

Incidentally, today marks one year since President Sirisena made the step towards creating political change.

It was a time where many issues arose over social pressure, International influences and economic sanctions in the country.

During this time there was dialogue in society for the need of a common candidate who can provide leadership for society to strive, build co-existence among communities and enhance Sri Lanka’s image internationally.

Civil Organizations and Several Political parties banded together under the stewardship of then Chairman of the National Movement for a Just Society Ven. Maduluwawe Sobitha Thera in search of a common candidate, and the common candidate came from the Sri Lanka Freedom Party.

The Common Candidate was revealed to the world at 03:10 in the afternoon on the 21st of November last years.

General Secretary of the Sri Lanka Freedom Party Maithripala Sirisena who was the Minister of Health of the Former Government stepped forward to provide leadership to the role requested by the masses.

Afterward, Maithripala Sirisena went on to be come the President of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka.

Under 100 day program, Maithripala Sirisena curtailed the powers of the executive presidency through the 19th amendment to the constitution becoming the first ever leader to transfer the powers of the executive presidency to the people , as promised in the presidential election campaign.

While working to fulfill the aspirations of the people, Maithripala Sirisena went on to win the General Elections as well as he committed himself to the creation of the National Government with leaders of the two main political parties of the country.

This national Government , introduced a new avenue on politics for the entire world.

Several countries including the United States of America have mentioned that Maithripala Sirisena was able to change the fate that Sri Lanka would have met at the United Nations Human Rights Council.

At a time when Sri Lanka is building more bridges across the world, and at a time when steps are taking to build the law, peace , reconciliation and trust in the country, the President stepped forward to amend the executive presidency.

This comes along with the introduction of a new electoral system.

The Cabinet of Ministers has already approved the Presidents proposals and appointed a cabinet sub-committee for this purpose.

While taking forward the National Government concept that was given birth from the foundations of the Common Candidate, measures are been taken to make constitutional amendments with responsibility.

Speaking at an event today, the President recalled the memories of taking the step that change the course of political history in the country stating that it was on the 21st of November last year this took place and on the day before that I ate hoppers with the Former President and the very next day I stepped out from the Government and it’s exactly a year today.

He further added that today is a tiresome day and I cannot express how my mind worked on the 21st of November last year and I was with Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe in Parliament and then I went to the residence of Former President Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunge and it was after that, I visited the Colombo Town Hall and attended that press conference


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