NUF calls for fulfilment of promises



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M. M. Zuhair


Leader of National United Front (NUF), M. M. Zuhair PC says that his outfit together with similar groups will remain watchful and ensure that all the pledges the new government has made to the people are vigorously implemented and all acts of sabotage including from within the government particularly from those with past hang-overs are forthwith exposed.


Zuhair calls on the new government to fulfil promises pledged in the manifesto including the one to prevent prosecution and harassment of the former President Mahinda Rajapaksa and the armed forces persoonel.


The following is the full text of his statement: "We have just witnessed a historic and peaceful transfer of power with the highest voter turnout in recent times of 81.52% going to polls to elect a new President for the country.


The country is hopeful that the rule of law and just governance will be soon restored, ethnic and religious disharmony and distrust will be buried for good, and social disparities and economic injustices will be seriously addressed as pledged in the common people’s agenda declared on December 1.


The people of all three communities have voted for change. The NUF is thankful to the people particularly the Muslims and the Tamils for responding convincingly to our plea for change to establish a new political culture in the country. The Sinhala, Tamil and Muslim communities throughout the island have voted for a national leader from Rajarata to lead the country out of the communal and racial politics that is plaguing the nation for over a hundred years.


We have congratulated President Maithripala Sirisena and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe on assuming office. We are confident that together with the support of the people they would take this country towards genuine national unity, trust and good-will among the people. We are also certain that the abolition of the executive powers of the presidency and the abolition of the current district preferential voting system as promised in the ‘Maithripala Manifesto’ will eliminate if not marginalize communal politics in the country.


We are hopeful that corruption and nepotism will never again disgrace the democratic face of Sri Lanka, that institutions of good governance including the police and the judiciary will function without interference except to ensure justice and the rule of law, that the public service and the judiciary will honour their right to refuse to carry out all illegal orders or to accommodate wrongful interferences whether from politicians, their own superiors or anyone else.


The NUF together with similar groups will remain watchful that the pledges to the people are vigorously implemented and all acts of sabotage including from within the government particularly from those with past hang-overs are forthwith exposed. We will however remain fully committed with the President, the Prime Minister and the government for executing the promises pledged in the manifesto including the protection of the former president Mahinda Rajapakse and the armed forces from international prosecution or harassment.


We are also grateful to the people for ensuring peace and good-will among the winners and the others, a historical record for Sri Lanka.


 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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