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President Maithripala Sirisena pledges -A crusade for socio-economic and political transformation

President Maithripala Sirisena yesterday announced that he will crusade for an economic, social and political transformation in the country as pledged in his election manifesto.

The President while stressing that he does not have any intention to contest for the second term of office, added that he is committed to build a society where freedom, democracy, people’s sovereignty and law and order reign.

President Sirisena added that he faced unprecedented problems as a common candidate during the election campaign.

“No other opposition candidate vying for this type of election faced so many obstacles as i did,” he said.

He said the state media was handled disregarding all norms and practices of freedom of media during the election campaign.

The President added that he had the strength to bear all accusations and allegations levelled against him.

“I am very much worried about a series of violations that included torching of election stages during the election campaign,” he said.

The President added that the country should have a political culture free from violence.

Addressing the nation soon after taking oaths before Justice K. Siripavan at the historic Independence Square premises, he remembered the Father of the Nation and first Prime Minister D.S. Senanayake and former Prime Minister S.W.R.D Bandaranaike will make what we promised to the people through our manifesto a reality,” he said.

He thanked over 6.2 million people who voted for him at the 7th Presidential election which was held on Thursday.

President Sirisena added that he will make the country’s foreign policy more meaningful by attracting all nations and organizations of the world. President Maithripala Sirisena added that he will obtain the support of all nations and organizations for the uplift of Sri Lankans.