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The new government led by President Maithripala Sirisena will stick to the promised ‘100 Day Program’ and create an environment where justice and compassion reigns, key backers of his campaign said yesterday. 

SLFP stalwart Maithripala Sirisena who secured victory on Thursday’s polls was sworn in as the sixth Executive President of Sri Lanka on Friday evening at Independence Square. He appointed Opposition Leader Ranil Wickremesinghe as the Prime Minister immediately afterwards.

Amending the present Constitution was the key task of the government, they said and invited all to join in the process at the relevant levels.

“Good governance, democracy, de-politicization of the public sector and a balance media culture will be mostly appreciated. A National Planning Committee will be appointed for the purpose,” they told the media.

 Parliamentarians Rajitha Senaratne, Ven Athuraliye Rathana Thera and Ravi Karunanayake made these statements addressing the media last evening at the Government Information Department auditorium.

They further said that the new government will kick off its action plan after a special statement is made by President Sirisena at the Sri Dalada Maligawa today.

They stressed that the new government would continue all the development programs, but will cut down on wastage. 

When questioned about the Mattala Airport, Ven. Rathana Thera said that they will obtain the advice of experts on the matter. The MPs pledged that all who had misused public money will be revealed and punished after proper investigations are carried out.
“A special investigation will be launched on the distribution of commodities as part of the former President’s election campaign.  All who have contributed to the waste of public funds will be punished and it will be an example to the whole country,” they added.
 The group was tight lipped on the date the new Cabinet will be sworn in  but revealed that the number will be reduced to 25-30.  Other sources close to the President opined that the new cabinet will be appointed on Monday.

Ven Rathana Thera added that his personal wish is for the Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna to be a part of the new government. He said that invitations will be extended.  He also added that non-politicians like Ven. Maduluwawe Sobhitha Thera who played important roles in the past few months in advocating good governance will be consulted when decisions are made.

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