Addressing the nation at the conclusion of the presidential election, President Maithripala Sirisena said he was satisfied with his tenure as he was able to deliver many things to the country and the people.
He said even though what he delivered would not be physically felt by the people, he was able to ensure democracy, freedom, corruption-free governance and to create a humane society.
Delivering his final address to the nation as the incumbent leader, President Maithripala Sirisena assured to offer his support in the future to build a democratic society, a prosperous economy in our beloved Motherland.
President thanking the 6.2 million voters for electing him to lead the country on 8th January 2015, said he did not run for a second term as he promised.
The President said he vested his unlimited powers as an Executive President in Parliament and that power was given to the Cabinet, the Independent Commissions and the Judiciary.
“Although I was appointed by the people for six years, it was reduced by one year. Often, the leaders in our country have used the Constitution as a custom, sometimes as a tradition, to strengthen their own power. But I am happy to say that I abolished that unlimited executive power. I have reduced the President’s term of 6 years to 5 years.”
The President underscored that during his five-year tenure he was able to establish full democracy in the country. “I believe that I have done my utmost to strengthen the freedom of the press and democracy.”
President Sirisena also pointed out that during his tenure he accomplished a pledge other political leaders from 1947 till 2015 were not able to fulfill. “That is, no state-sponsored killings, no political assassinations, no political reprisals, no physical violence, no damage to one’s property during my tenure. In other words, the guns of the government did not fire at citizens for political vengeance or other hatred.”
President concluded the address extending his blessings and best wishes to the incoming President for the country and for the children of tomorrow.
“I offer my blessings and best wishes for the new President of the country to have determination and courage to serve the country honestly.”