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Presidential powers now used by others - MR



Power that the people had given go to President Maithripala Sirisena was being used by others, former President Mahinda Rajapaksa said on Saturday.

The former President, addressing a Daham Hamuwa, at Kacchiwatte Purana Rajamaha Vihara in Galle said: "I was told by one of the participants at this ceremony short while ago that during my tenure the number of members in the cabinet was high but now the number of executive presidents in the country was high. There is some truth in that saying. There is a national executive council. There is no provision for such a thing even in the Constitution. That council has become a play pen of the JVP and TNA members. The JVP has become a branch of the UNP today. Not all the JVPers approve this situation. JVP leader Anura Kumara Dissanayake has a room in Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe’s office. That was revealed to our members none other than the incumbent president. Although I cannot believe this, we have to accept it when it is said by the President!

"I love the SLFP but do not want to see that the SLFP members fall into the lap of the UNP. The SLFP is our life. Many fled this party but I never left it. So, none can tell me that I am not an SLFPer."We are saddened by the recent developments in the national security affairs. The security of the country is in danger. I saw what is happening at Vilapattu jungles when it was shown by media. The government cannot continue to keep mum on these issues.

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