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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2620

The Doctrine of Democracy Restored in Sri Lanka

By M. Zulkifli Nazim

Our President, Maithripala Sirisena, is the only person in the whole wide-world, who struggled with all his might, to reduce the powers conferred on him by the Constitution of Sri Lanka, whilst remaining in power.

All those forces of evil which screamed “Ayes” and more “Ayes” when the 18th amendment was presented to confer unlimited and dictatorial power and autocratic rule to Mr. Mahinda Rajapaksa, now, ganged up squalling, ranting and raving that they will not allow the 19th amendment to be passed in parliament. They did everything in their power to asphyxiate and smother the 19th amendment.

When they knew that the incumbent president was firm and steadfast on this venture, they started another campaign, trying to find flaws and gaps in the to-be amendment and were very vociferous in their hairsplitting and presenting their objections and dissent, which were of insignificant importance.

Once again, when they found that the ruling president will never budge or deviate from his main aim, they forced themselves to support him; and the braggarts, egoists and the vaunters are now crowing, bragging and boasting about the triumph of the 19th amendment – they now want to place their hand on the flagpole and say - “ Aha! we too were at bradby”.

We should also not forget the sacrifice, dedication and commitment of the Most Venerable Maduluwawe Sobitha Thero in his unstinted support of the 19th amendment to be successful.

Our President, Maithripala Sirisena is indeed an extra-ordinary unique individual who has been glorified and praised and extolled the world over. We Sri Lankans too feel proud of having such a humble, honourable and a noble leader amongst us – quite in contrast to the rule of the arrogant Rajapaksa regime whose signature was nothing but a whole-sale contempt for others - contemptuous and disrespect for the law, decency and morality.

We can see that whatever proclamations that were made at the inception of the campaign for the presidency, they are being fulfilled, one by one – he is proving himself to be a man of his word – A Leader with the Seven Secular Virtues – Humility, Empathy, Courage, Honesty, Openness, Generosity and Gratitude as described by great men of wisdom.

We sincerely wish him well in all his future endeavours in leading our beloved country from darkness to which it had sunk, to the light of peace and tranquility to all the people of this country.

- Asian Tribune -

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