Local News from Sri Lanka: The 2019 Presidential Election winner, SLPP nominee Gotabaya Rajapaksa, sworn in yesterday (November 18) in Anuradhapura as Sri Lanka’s 7th Executive President. He took oaths to Jayantha Jayasuriya, Chief Justice.
Secretary to President Udaya R Seniviratne read the proclamation declaring as President Mr Gotabaya Rajapaksa. Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe and opposition leader Mahinda Rajapaksa participated in the occasion
Talking to the nation after Ruwanweli Maha Seya’s formal swearing-in ceremony at MahaMaluwa, President Rajapaksa thanked everyone who voted for his victory and invited the country’s minor communities to join him in working for the nation’s prosperity.
He said he will lead the country based on the Buddhist philosophy which upholds principles of equality and justice. While providing the state sponsorship to safeguard the traditional heritage of the nation he said he will take measures to protect the rights of the civilians to live in peace and reconciliation.
Furthermore, he said that the time has come to work as one force to build the nation and a people-centric government is a prerequisite to achieving this objective. The national security would be the topmost priority and the state security mechanism will be strengthened to protect our Motherland.
Elaboration on his foreign policy, President Rajapaksa said that “We want to remain neutral in our foreign relations and stay out of any conflicts among the world powers”.
“We will have our fullest commitment to achieve the sustainable development goals of the UN”.
“The Government should always set an example to society. Professionalism and efficiency should be the cornerstone of the government of administrations. Meritocracy and technocracy should be promoted all times, corruption will be never tolerated under my administration”.