Ranil Wickremesinghe's New Year pledge
In January last year, the people of Sri Lanka elected President
Maithripala Sirisena as their President. With his election, we embarked
on a new journey filled with hope and possibilities. As the vision of
good governance completes a year, we look back with a sense of
achievement and pride, having secured freedom for all Sri Lankans.
Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe
For the first time in history, a President in power has chosen to
curtail some of the powers vested in the office of the President.
The Elections Commissioner has been assured full authority and power
within his sphere, which enabled the country to enjoy a free and fair
Upon the conclusion of the parliamentary election, the two main
parties have come together to form a National Government, successfully
overcoming the challenges posed by accusations of human rights
We have joined hands with the international community in taking the
initial steps towards ensuring human rights and freedom for all Sri
We have commenced the process of giving land back to the civilians of
the North. While resettling them, we will ensure the rights of people
living in other areas as well.
We have embarked upon a new journey that continues this year - our
goal is to ensure economic and social prosperity for Sri Lanka; enhance
income levels, provide employment for youth, introduce new and
innovative economic measures, pave the way for Sri Lanka to become
poverty-free and economically empowered, establish a system of education
on par with the highest global standards and safeguarde the rule of law
in a land that is socially forward-looking. These will be the milestones
of that journey.
This is the journey I am inviting all of you to join us on.
It is a journey that has been endorsed by the people of Sri Lanka. We
have the backing of the international community as well.
Under President Sirisena's guidance, we plan to have in place a
mechanism that will guarantee economic and social development, within
the next three years.
This journey seeks prosperity for all Sri Lankans - the journey that
assures every Sri Lankan of a better tomorrow. There will be criticism
and pointing of fingers but this journey cannot be held back.
We pledge to bring prosperity never seen before, to Sri Lanka. The
critical voices will soon join us to see it through - undoubtedly. That
prosperity is for Colombo, as it is for Trincomalee. It is for
Hambantota as well as for Jaffna.
Let us unite as one to see that vision come to pass.
Let me wish all Sri Lankans a happy new year.