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  Interviews  


 

Minister of Constitutional Affairs and National Integration DEW Gunasekara said the Presidential race is between a layman who has forty years experience and a soldier who has forty years experience. Gunasekara who is also the Communist Party Leader is of the opinion that the western powers are attempting their best to change the political leadership of our country

Q: The country at the moment is put on an election footing and for the first time in history a military bigwig has challenged his Commander-in-Chief for the highest post in the country. How do you see this situation? Do you think this trend is good?
A:
In short, this introduction of a new element into our spectrum of politics will lead not only militarisation of politics but politicalisation the military as well-- a tendency. It’s my perception and my conviction that people will not permit this trend to operate. My personal view, even though I am a member of the Cabinet, is that I did not appreciate much of the very introduction of military people into the provincial council election. Of course those were either retired or disabled.

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With the call for the Presidential election January 26 next year, all major political parties have now begun to field candidates of their choice to run for the Presidency. However, none has raised more speculation and controversy than the opposition’s common candidate. For the first time in history, the main opposition United National Party (UNP) and the left-aligned Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) have found common ground in their choice of Presidential candidate. In an interview with The Nation, UNP Deputy Leader Karu Jayasuriya explained what led to their decision to back Gen. Sarath Fonseka in the election and bury the hatchet with the JVP. 

Q: What are the key points in the UNF’s campaign strategy for the upcoming Presidential election?
A:
The UNF, having put forward a common candidate to contest this election will focus on several key elements during this campaign.

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Q: You have always spoken out without fear or favour in the country’s interest, irrespective of whatever party is in power. How do you read the situation now?
A:
Today, I think the country is in a terrible situation, because, for one thing, the nationalist forces are split, and you find various minority parties now starting an auction for favours of both sides, and there seems to be a succumbing to it by even Gen. Fonseka and President Rajapaksa. Now, Sivanesaturai Chandrakanthan alias ‘Pillaiyan’ came and said he wanted something over and above the 13th Amendment, then another said the same thing. Both of them said that after Fonseka’s press conference, where he said he will give something more than the 13th Amendment. Funniest part is that Fonseka does not know what is in the 13th Amendment, for he has said he will study the 13th Amendment after he is elected. 

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