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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2403

I am not a master but the trustee of the country - Mahinda

[b]I am not a master but the trustee of the country - Mahinda Rajapakse[/b]

"I am not the master but the trustee of the country. I pledge to defend by all means the country you entrusted to me. I will act according to this pledge. From now on Mahinda Rajapakse as President will not be a leader that belongs exclusively to any single party or group. I will not discriminate against anyone on the grounds of politics, color, race or religion. My political policy from now on will be the rule of law and protection of human rights," said Sri Lanka’s new President Mahinda Rajapkse after being sworn in as the new President of the Island nation.

Mahinda Rajapakse underlined that he was not a prince born with a golden spoon in the mouth. He added: "Like most of you I am a leader that grew from the ordinary people."

He explained, "Therefore I do not need new advisors to understand the problems of the people. I can understand them well. I will provide advisors and experts with positions that suit their knowledge and expertise."

"My policy is never to postpone for tomorrow what could be done today. The Buddhist teaching on punctuality is equally applicable to statecraft and public policy. Therefore we will have to take firm and responsible decisions in building a disciplined society. In this respect my policy will be to consolidate the rule of law to the maximum. The law of the country should be just. Everybody including the President of the country shouldobey and respect that just law," the new President pointed out.

The full text of the Speech made by President Mahinda Rajapakse at the swearing in ceremony is given below:

http://www.asiantribune.com/show_article.php?id=2873

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