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Economic recovery accelerated AT remarkable speed – President

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National unity, encouraging consensus for country’s progress

Decisions driven by national interest prioritizing country’s welfare

Milestone plan set for implementation within six months

Fostering a collective vision beyond personal ambitions vital

President Ranil Wickremesinghe stressed the importance of reaching a collective agreement for the nation’s future, transcending differences in opinions, religions, races, and political affiliations.

He highlighted the government’s programme for national development, urging unity to accelerate progress. The President cautioned against false narratives propagated by individuals aspiring for diplomatic positions, emphasizing the dangers of neglecting national responsibilities for personal gain.

The President warned against ignoring reality for personal gain, highlighting the grave consequences for the nation’s well-being and the potential historical condemnation for neglecting national responsibilities.

President Ranil Wickremesinghe, made these remarks in his address opening the Fifth Session of the Ninth Parliament and presenting his policy statement yesterday (7).

The Fifth Session of the Ninth Parliament was ceremonially declared open by President Ranil Wickremesinghe yesterday (7). The President presented the Statement of Government Policy in Parliament according to the powers vested in him under Article 33 of the Constitution. Speaker Mahinda Yapa Abeywardena and Parliament Secretary General Kushani Rohanadheera and officials welcomed the President on his arrival. Picture by Marlon Karunaratne

The Fifth Session of the Ninth Parliament was ceremonially declared open by President Ranil Wickremesinghe yesterday (7). The President presented the Statement of Government Policy in Parliament according to the powers vested in him under Article 33 of the Constitution. Speaker Mahinda Yapa Abeywardena and Parliament Secretary General Kushani Rohanadheera and officials welcomed the President on his arrival. Picture by Marlon Karunaratne

Upon his arrival at the Parliament premises, the President was received by Prime Minister Dinesh Gunawardena, Leader of the House Susil Premajayantha and Chief Organizer of the ruling party Prasanna Ranatunga.

Addressing Parliament, he presented his Policy Statement and urged everyone to unite in fostering a new political culture focused not on personal ambitions but on realizing the collective dream of the country.

The President questioned why the Samagi Jana Balawegaya, despite having worked closely with him for a considerable period, couldn’t follow the lead of the majority of the Podujana Peramuna in agreeing to set aside past grievances and embark on a collective journey for the country’s welfare.

The President highlighted the government’s remarkable feat in swiftly revitalizing the economy, which had plummeted at an unprecedented pace. He emphasized this as a distinctive accomplishment of the administration, contrasting it with the arduous and prolonged economic recoveries experienced by other nations facing similar crises.

The President underscored that despite challenges and occasional reluctance, the government’s economic reforms have paved the way for building a stable economy in the country. He expressed confidence that as the country’s economy stabilizes further, it will enable reducing the tax burden on the people, thus providing relief to the citizens.

The President further mentioned that the intricate restructuring plan is anticipated to be enacted within the initial six months of this year. This plan is poised to serve as the fundamental cornerstone for restoring the economy to its former state and marks a significant milestone in alleviating the burden of debt.

 

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